This is listed as fiction, and perhaps belongs there in the same sense as Tarka, The Otter, or Salar, the Salmon. In any case, the market is similar for here too, in mildly fictionized form, is factual material about wild life. The first half of the book follows in intimate detail the lives of beavers, muskrats, deer, rabbits, bears, foxes, and even certain birds and such unpopular creatures as the wolverine. The second half shifts the focus to two trappers, and an experiment in animal psychology which they tested out in this singularly unspoiled region around a northern pond where man had never brought fear to the wild folk. The same animals figure in the story throughout, and you get a feeling of character and personality, although the author holds to fact and natural interpretation of fact without undue personification of the individual creatures. Delightful reading for nature enthusiasts, young and old.