The true defining character of this author is the wonderful capacity he has to whisk the reader away to a world that is every bit as magical, as fantastic, as dangerous as any created by Tolkien or C.S. Lewis. Yet he does it all within the scientific and spiritual bounds of the very real Wisconsin North Woods. No star-ship ever took me on more wonderful journeys than "Buddy" the canoe, as it forged it's way North over beaver dams and rapids in the search of the perfect lake. No elf ever spoke sweeter words than the murmuring of the "voices" of the deep woods at night.
I can credit much of my desire to go into the natural sciences to "The Living Forest Series" and consider it an integral part of my childhood.