The author has actually lived in the Aleutian Islands and has studied the fascinating sea otters who have never been written up before. With excellent lithographs by Paul Bransom this is an important book giving a sympathetic story of the life of one family, Bobri Morski, the father, Matka, the mother, and Medviedki, the sea otter offspring. These animals are really aristocrats, but their fight against other creatures is hard and man has been ruthless because of the value of their fur, which is prime at all seasons of the year. At last our government is protecting them, it is to be hoped that we are not too late to preserve a valuable and most interesting animal. The foreword and postscript are full of information on the stormy, bleak islands which are now of such importance in world history. This could easily be sold to adults who are animal lovers.