This comes nearer to approaching the magic of Bambi than anything else Salten has done. Once again, he has capitalized what must be a unique oneness with nature, in a story of the first year in the life of a little squirrel. The round of the seasons, as freshly experienced, the contacts with the forest folk, the sense of belonging and seeing as the forest people see, feeling as the forest people feel, is here again. There is an interesting sidelight into child nature in his introducing of a tiny child, who, for a space, understands the forest people and is understood by them -- and then, with growing human qualities, loses touch. The drawings by Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel are perfectly attuned to the charm of the story.