by. Don’t be fooled by the amiably conventional jacket and title into thinking that this is just another dog story. It is one of the most beautiful, subtle, and moving nature stories that we have read in years. Only a naturalist could have so detailed a knowledge of wild life on the hills and moors of the West Country of England. The story — of a pure-bred Alsatian who goes partly wild, mates with a blind fox vixen, and becomes the protector of various smaller creatures, including a heron and an otter — reads so convincingly that we wonder if it is fiction at all. There’s a seal in it, too, with whom we fell madly in love. Anyway, we hope the book will not he limited to the juvenile list.