Esther Kellner's girlhood appears to have resembled a boyhood, and yet, judging from her writing after years of being wife and mother, she could scarcely be a more feminine person, which suggests the value of her book to a tomboy audience. The most cherished pal of her youth was ""Old Bill."" From her home in Indiana City, she was taken visiting to Bill's farm land he delighted in sharing with her his accumulated woods lore and gun craft, sharpening her powers of observation all the while they hunted and explored together. The fox squirrel was also central to her early life. Bill had often praised the intelligence of the little creatures and the adult Esther, when raising a brood of motherless fox squirrels, had reason to remember Bill's affection land knowledge of their ways. She has put into this book her discoveries of many facts useful to anyone who keeps a small wild animal as a pet. Her story is told with skill and makes pleasant reading.