Observing the habits of carpenter bees and Monobia wasps through the eyes of young Eph (who finds their nests bored in the logs of the old barn) may appeal to children who find undiluted science tedious. It's unfortunate, however, that this subjective approach extends to the anthropomorphizing of the insects -- playing off ""industrious"" bees against ""lazy"" wasps. Carpenter bees exhibit none of the fascinating social behavior found in The Bees (adapted from Edwin Way Teale, 1967), and the information on their lives here is limited to just those externals which a young boy might see for himself (though fortunately Dad happens to cut open a log which reveals a cross section of the nest). Complementing the low-keyed nature study, Richard Cuffari's drawings capture the stillness of the Smoky Mountains where ""truly. . . the ways of insects do not change with the passing of the years.