AT THE SMILING POOL by Thornton W. Burgess
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A new Burgess is sure fire for the youngsters most of whom are his fans, and this lives up to his standards. Lots of information about nature is woven into these stories about the Smiling Pool, which our old friend Peter Rabbit visits often, and where tadpoles are born and take their chances of survival because there are enemies, -- hawks, grown-ups, hungry big frogs, owls, herons. In reading these exciting stories, the small fry find in spite of themselves how tadpoles become frogs, how the song sparrows hatch their eggs in contrast to the spotted sandpipers, how kingfishers learn to fly and get their food, and what are the habits of the silver eel, the grebe, the muskrat, the porcupine. Some grown-ups don't like the personifications of wild creatures, but the average small listener takes it in his stride.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1945
Publisher: Little, Brown