In spacious, precisely observed watercolors and words that extend what is seen, a paean to the arrival of spring in the swamp. ""Drowned trees stand in a silent wilderness"" while a solitary hawk crowns the pinnacle of one; ""New buds and leaves make tender meals and hide the cottontail"" who appears behind a scattering of leaves looking the reader in the eye, a rabbit who knows his place and would keep you in yours. Only once does communication fail: the beaver dam unidentified but very solid on the title page reappears as a hump on the horizon in a scene which attributes to it the power to stop water. Evocative books are often vapid, but this has substance. It also shows to advantage at a distance.