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Children's LiteratureDid you know that bumblebees are native to the North American continent—but honey bees are not? Can you name the marsupial with a 12 ½ day gestation period? And, do you know where to get a yummy sapsickle? Within these one hundred and ninety-two pages, are the answers in one-page sketches of beast and bloom that start in winter and move through the seasons. Differing from many nature books, the author covers the Pacific Northwest, the desert southwest through the prairies, the Midwest, and the East Coast. He is intimate friends with damselflies, Jills-in-the-Pulpit, and fairy diddles and he spins images that puts you next to him in the field: "In flight, puffins resemble badly thrown footballs..." While this book is marketed to adults, I can easily imagine sending small ones to the land of sugar plum fairies with images of fairy shrimp, the Leonids, or woolly bears. Williams contributes to Audubon and Fly Rod & Reel magazines and is the author of The Insightful Sportsman. Lastly, if you enjoy nature, how could you not invest in a publisher who announces on the copyright page: "The mission of Storey Publishing is to serve our customers by publishing practical information that encourages personal independence in harmony with the environment." 2004, Storey Publishing, Ages Adult.