This is a fine collection of writing about real animals; some of the pieces are excerpts, others complete accounts, and all have a high degree of excellence. The situation always involves a close relationship between people and animals who are living with them. There is a lovely story of a couple who brought up two wolf cubs, of a Greek commando who taught a young seal to swim, of Edwin Way Teale's delicate friendship with a praying mantis, of Kipling's young lion. There are other name authors as well: Colette, Isak Dinesen, Gerald Durrell, Beebe, John Muir, Steinbeck. It is an outstanding book of its genre and sure to win readers among high school students.