The Green Meadow and the Smiling Pool are familiar settings to all who have been brought up on Thornton Burgess' nature stories. The Baby Animal Stories include some new tales and some selected from his columns and earlier collections, are brought together with new illustrations by Phoebe Erickson, in line, and in full color -- true to nature and yet with a decorative quality. Good story telling. The Nature Almanac is divided into four sections, representing the four seasons, and the anecdotes, sayings and stories of Burgess' animal friends illustrate the points he wants to make about what animals do during the seasons, what humans should do in winter, and so on. Sugar-coated nature material, but the small fry love Thornton Burgess, and the Erickson illustrations take the stories out of the personified animal field and are a vast improvement on the traditional Harrison Cady.