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Lawrence, Louise de Kiriline.

Illustrated by Thoreau MacDonald. Toronto, Natural Heritage/ Natural History Inc., 1988. 173pp. paper, $12.95. ISBN 0-92047-49-7. Distributed by Natural Heritage/Natural History Inc., P.O. Box 69, Station H, Toronto, Ont. M4C 5H7. CIP

Grades 8 and up
Reviewed by Peter Croskery

Volume 16 Number 6
1988 November

The Loghouse Nest was first published in 1945 and has been out of print for some time. The author weaves detailed and accurate observations of bird behaviour and biology in a storylike fashion. Central to the "story" la a black-capped chickadee named Peet who moves about the forest near North Bay, visiting with the other forest-dwelling species. Younger readers will enjoy the adventures of Peet but will probably miss the biological detail. Older readers, with guidance, will find the factual information contained in the storylike text. The book is strongly anthropomorphic; however, as the reader gets further into the book, the book's unique charm comes through.

From a biological standpoint, the author's observations are very accurate. The chapter on rearing young presents the behaviour of chickadees in an entertaining fashion. Since chickadees are not migratory. Information on what it is like to migrate is explained to Peel by a true migrant, a redstart.

Peter Croskery, Kenora, Ont.
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