The title of this book describes itself perfectly! The short stories include a wide variety of NW animals and plants and each story is extremely informative and enjoyable. I have this book in my personal collection and every few years, like this July, I reread it! The stories provide an understanding and appreciation for the flora and fauna which we share our world. I highly recommend this to everyone who is curious about the natural world! This is a book to be read and enjoyed again and again.