This pleasantly informal little book tells of the happenings throughout the year in ""a world only half suspected"", that of nature, on the author's hundred-acre Vermont farm. The actors in the tale are mammals and birds, insects and plants, the observers, the author and his family. A wild mink appears out of a snowstorm, and snowshoe hares leave tracks in the garden. The children tame a baby porcupine, ""Pokey"", and, equipped with snorkels, follow trout in shallow streams. Misplaced butterflies arrive in February; bluebirds are defeated by sparrows; peepers and tree-frogs and crickets sing their songs. A family chronicle of nature study rather than a scientific treatise, this unostentatious book is an invitation to amateur naturalists to observe the world around them. By reason of its background it will appeal more to country dwellers than to city slickers, more to New Englanders than to Texans.