Thoreaus book Walden, published in 1854, is a tribute to Mother Nature and the wildlife community of one particular pond. In this book, Michael (McCurdy) pays tribute to this historic place with dramatic images of its creatures and charm. . . . A unique symbiosis, then and w. Julie Cummins, Summer 2009. Acclaimed author/illustrator Michael McCurdy highlights what has changed and what has stayed the same from Henry David Thoreaus time to our own. McCurdys artwork is taken from previously published books.