These are stories of woodland life in which the suspense is built out of true natural phenomena of a startling kind. All the strange happenings are based on curious incidents reported by naturalists in a list of publications found at the back of the book. The habits of packrats, crows; witch-hazel that pops in loud noises; spiders with magic telephone wires; flycatchers who build nests in snake skins; a jelly-fish that acts as a safe haven for little fishes, etc. If there must be intellectual, talking beasts, this at least stays within the probability of their physical experiences. Fascinating material for nature lovers, everywhere of any age. The large format suggests a younger age level than the material actually is, for it should appeal to the next older age group, too.