This attractively designed, generally interesting collection would have been a stronger contender if it had identified its content--legends of the Hudson River region--and its sources. Few of the tales seem to be currently available elsewhere although ""The Buzzard's Covering,"" one of the most vivid, is the old Olds Feather Mountain. Several of the others are how-and-why stories also: how ""the little brown bird became a hermit thrush with the sweetest song in the world"" by sneaking a ride on the back of the eagle; ""How the Bear Lost Its Tail"" fishing for otters and the fox benefited; and the longest and most telling, ""Why Animals Do Not Talk"" (the result of plotting against people who, having learned from the animals, turned their knowledge against them). Then there's ""The Good (i.e. scrupulous) Hunter"" whose life is restored when the appreciative animals retrieve and refit his scalp. The last few are concerned solely and somewhat sentimentally with love and loyalty among the Indians. Ten short tales, effectively told and illustrated--too bad it wasn't more effectively implemented.