The record, in almost the style of a personal journal, of Mr. Bedichek's lifelong love affair with the out of doors, and a regional book that expands our limited knowledge of that a piece of Texas littoral lying between Galveston and Corpus Christi, and named after a now extinct Indian tribe. The author is deeply concerned in problems of conservation of the land, water and wild life, and repeatedly indicates how cruelly abused the area is by the citizenry. His focus is on the animal world, and he treats cranes, coons, wild goats and many other species with the detailed interest and the occasional drama other writers would give to human beings. Through observation backed by research he explores the aspects of rivers, dust storms, native Texan architecture- and the sky, which he views more as poet than astronomer. Communicable response to man's natural habitat and his fellow creatures- gentle but righteous insistence on respect and fair play....Not in the class with Peattie, but approaching that sort of market.