Gr 3-5-Vibrant, full-color pictures of Cuban children and their families in rural and urban settings cover the pages of this upbeat and positive photo-essay. Celebrations, school, a doctor's office, farm work, sports, making music, and dance are shown. Without broaching political differences between Cuba and the U.S., the text informs readers that education is free, even for university. Youngsters dressed in their school uniforms are depicted reading and writing in rustic classrooms. The photos also reflect a close-knit home life; the children are shown laughing and playing with makeshift sports equipment. The text alone suggests a life with few problems. The photos add balance, showing some of the challenges that the Cuban people face. Similar in scope and reading level to Frank Staub's Children of Cuba (Carolrhoda, 1996), this book is a serviceable addition.-Marilyn Long Graham, Lee County Library System, Estero, FL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.