A warm and very treasurable anthology for all lovers of animals presents some fifteen unique stories, each of which may be familiar to many readers, but which together buttress editor Skelton's claim that they form the only collection of its kind. His central idea was to search for stories that focussed on animals themselves, rather than humanized versions of them or the people with whom they came in contact with, and in this way to add another portion to our understanding of nature. To this successful end, contributors are ""Elephant"" Bill Williams, Ernest Thompson Seton, Jack London, Carl Van Vechten, Albert Payson Terhune, Maurice Maeterlinck- an impressive and obliging group. With stories of wild and domesticated animals they enlarge on themes of dependence, companionship, partnership. One story especially, noted in the in introduction and new to this reader, sets the tone. It is a simple account by Williams James Stillman of two squirrels, Billy and Hans, which he once owned and as their separate personalities developed, merged in the death of one squirrel and disappeared finally in the death of the other, one feels with the author the unity among all living things.