Gr 5-8-These appealing, informative books portray everyday life of inhabitants in various civilizations by examining their arts, culture, economy, government, religious beliefs, and societal structures. Each book looks at the contributions made by individuals of various vocations, such as artisans, farmers, priests, scribes, and soldiers. Significant discussion is devoted to how the civilizations have been studied by anthropologists and archaeologists. Attractively designed and illustrated, the books feature excellent color representations of architecture, artwork, and other cultural and historical artifacts. Sidebars highlight important archaeological discoveries and interesting facts. A horizontal time line shows the key events in the evolution of the civilization, and a biographical dictionary introduces important historical figures.-Edward Sullivan, White Pine School, TN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.