A stunning book, if the beautiful dummy is sufficient indication. Unfortunately that is all we have at this time, but because of the pre-publication price, we felt it important to report the book now. High speed cameras in the hands of twenty five skilled and creative photographers, and under the supervision of distinguished ornithologists, have combined to give us a book three years in the making. The birds include nearly every species of North American land birds, and the 221 photographs show them in their natural habitat. Superb color reproduction has been authenticated by Eliot Porter, whose traveling exhibit of photographs will stimulate interest in the book everywhere it is shown. While not intended as an identification book, this should prove enormously stimulating to interest in identification, and the commentary will provide general facts about the characteristics and locale of the birds, when and where they are found. A chapter on photographing birds in color will give added weight to the book among photographers, amateur and professional. This promises to be an outstanding gift book of the season- and many seasons to come. Don't overlook the appeal to young bird watchers.