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Science writer Hannah Holmes has an engaging way in presenting her study of a suburban habitat for plant and animal life. Ensconced in a lawn chair during good weather, she patiently observed what was happening above, on, and below ground on her home grounds, ranging from the antics of a crow family raising their young in the spring to the hibernation of creatures during the winter. Assisted occasionally in her research by scientific authorities in various fields, she discovered the world of Nature, which included the daily life and death dramas, as well as peccadilloes of its creatures. She relates her experiences in the study and shares many of nature’s secrets in light prose that is entertaining and informative.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden