Daniel's ""Snowshoe Trek to Otter River"" is just one of three spare and truthful outdoor adventures, all memorable for their noticing attention to detail and the marvelous absence of melodramatic complications and jacked up climaxes. Even when Daniel falls through the ice and nearly freezes the emphasis is on the businesslike steps he takes to save himself, and when he's home safe at last he just shrugs off his mother's questions about ""fantastic adventures."" In the second story Daniel and Seth push their canoe through an overgrown swamp to reach an inaccessible pool and are rewarded with the catch of a twenty-inch trout and glimpses of a pileated woodpecker and a colony of beaver. Finally, Seth pulls through his first night alone in the woods--collecting his own dinner of cattail roots, wintergreen tea and trout to replace the supplies he forgot. Seth's success leaves him euphoric and ""loose in his bones."" He won't be the only one to feel that way.