Spike: The Story of a Whitetail Deer

Spike: The Story of a Whitetail Deer

By: Robert M. McClung
Published by: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: 1952
Series: Robert McClung's Animal Life Cycle Series

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Bright June sunlight streams through the woods. Between the roots of a great beech tree, nestled on sun-flecked leaves, lies a tiny fawn. This is Spike, just three hours old. Before long he is standing on wobbly legs and drinking his mother's warm milk.

The story of the first year of his life is told against the changing background of the four seasons. Spike wades into the beaver pond in the summer moonlight to feed on lily pads. He tastes the thick air of a forest fire in autumn and hears the sharp bark of the hunters' guns. By the end of the year he loses his fawn spots and grows two straight velvet-covered spikes that will one day be real antlers.

In this story, whose beautiful illustrations show the eager life of the woodland on every page, Mr. McClung has produced his finest book.

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