The author of The Fishing River (1962, 568, J-166) proves to be an acute observer of nature in this brief story of the country excursion of two Siamese cats. appily, Miss Warner does the talking, not the cats, as she follows their perambulations into the woods, to the beach, etc. Some of the cats' run-ins have a familiar ing: e.g. disastrous nose rubbing with a skunk and with watchfully curious raccoons rummaging in the garbage cans. The poetically written account flows smoothly; the vocabulary is not simplified, but interested third graders should have no trouble.