Mr. Rounds debunks the idea that a beginner with an interest in natural history requires expensive equipment with which to start a study. He proves that the ability to sit still while looking sharp is bound to be rewarding experience for those who can really see. It helps to have a nearby woodsy retreat, but almost any damp patch of land or collection of stagnant water is a world of activity for nature's smallest creatures, for insects, birds and worms are stimulated by light rains. He describes the things that he has seen -- the nest building, the burrowing, and the scurrying after a seasonal rain. His words and his well-placed sketches answer the questions of how and why for such fascinating matters of how a snake swallows a mouse; why a caterpillar can't beat off determined ants; how a spider's showerbath turns into a refreshing drink. The concluding chapter urges readers on to independent observation... ""There Is No End To The Small Mysteries."" An excellent book for hobbyists and the project-prone.