Each of Emil Liera three animal books is aimed at a different age level. was written for beginners, Story for 8 to 11 year olds and now for a more advanced age group. The one common denominator underlying all three books is the balaner achieved between fact and fiction. This last book is most effective in . In the upper regions of the Minnesota her two cubs through the long cold winter. When the the family ventures outside and the cubs experience danger for the first time. The new can no longer contain the energetic cubs as the scent of spring once again. As the cubs grow toward and eventually assume independence, they learn the joys and limits of freedom; above all, they learn scent of the most dangerous animal in the forest Man. Their adventures, some funny, other tragic, contribute to the whole drama of their survival, a drama which the reader witnesses and comes to know. The situations described are natural and authentic -- the intelligence and understanding imposed on the animals' behavior is interpretive, lending a cohesive though fictional note.