These short, often abrupt anecdotes, are from the journals of a Russian hunter-naturalist. Although the selected entries vary in length, few run to more than three pages. Skrebitski was especially aware of the dignity of wild game and delighted in collecting examples of friendships between men and ordinarily fierce animals. Several entries are devoted to techniques of fishing, hunting and taming. The translation has been effected in simple language, certainly within the grasp of the middle grades. However, the book lacks the cohesion and continuity of the outstanding With Dersu the Hunter (1965, p. 1047-J358) by Arsenyev, also translated by Anne Terry White. The random reports are more cordial than exciting, which makes it less than tempting for this reading level.