By the author of This Fascinating Animal World (1951) and his wife of equally infatuated persuasion, this is a leisurely, relaxed montage of the wild life in their ""neighborhood"" of 125 acres in the Berkshires. Refusing to be an ""anthropomorphic sentimentalist"", he nevertheless reports on the personality -- of gifts, graces and lores -- of the animals that companion them through the seasons and details the activities and life histories of deer, woodchuck, muskrat, raccoon, rabbit, fox and skunk as they have observed them over the years. The close and continual association gives this natural history a personal flavor as forest, open hill and bottom, sun and water display surprises and usual and special happenings, among their friends, and as the calendar year brings typical changes in their lives. There is a philosophical tone in the discussion of types of naturalists, of animal qualities seen in meaningful meetings, of the relationship of man and the animal world and a happy contentment in the kind of living they have chosen. There's enthusiasm and imagination here for all followers of outdoor literature.