A book which is tremendously successful in the U.S.S.R. today which, as in the two books that follow, assiduously avoids any mention of current political problems or any controversial material. This is a lyrical series of descriptions of the forest, the trees, flora and fauna of all kinds, etc., from a purely appreciative, non-scientific angle. No more, no less. It is written with color and poetry and romanticism. Its reader interest here is questionable.