THE TUNDRA WORLD by Theodora C. Stanwell-Fletcher


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A college girl's summer devoted to arctic natural history is a bright-eyed report of the world around Churchill, the northernmost point still in Canada on the west coast of Hudson's Bay. With university professors and her friend, Sue, she explores the teeming tundra, hunting plants and birds with the camera, goes on unscheduled trips and expeditions, contrasts Horace, back home in Boston, with the men she meets in this big new world, is proposed to (while Sue is ""propositioned"") and discovers that the subarctic is a vast contrast to her protected, conventional home life. There are mosquitoes, a storm, near danger -- and always the botanizing with ecstatic but careful observation on all forms of northern life, including the dogs, and her ignorance that ""those who do the oddest things"" could be so nice. There's a naivete to the italicized style so that the reader too finds the tundra ""awfully thrilling"". Those who remember Driftwood Valley (1946) will be interested to learn of the author's earlier years up north.

Pub Date: Aug. 14th, 1952
Publisher: Little, Brown-A.M.P.