paper, 474 pp., $39.95
Naturalist and wildlife photographer Mary Holland awakens interest in the natural world in both young and old through her programs and writings at all levels of learning. Well organized by monthly phenomena in nature, the text of this book follows the progression from spring’s awakening through winter, when the enthusiastic naturalist can find signs of animals through their tracks and songs. Her camera captured this yearly cycle in plant and animal life, and the reader may easily identify changes through her clear photographs. This is an outstanding teaching tool, as well as a guide for amateur naturalists. Supplements to the text include a list of scientific and common names of species found in the region, recommended book and audio resources, bibliography, and index.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden