Gr 3-5-These books investigate some of the world's most extreme locations and introduce readers to an individual who has spent time in each environment and endured its harsh conditions. The appealing layout is sure to capture children's interest. They will enjoy picking up these stories of survival and examining the colorful photographs. From the termite-eaten clothing of Yossi Ghinsberg (Rain Forests) to the missing fingers of Temba Tsheri Sherpa (Mountains), readers will find the pictures simply fascinating. While the story about each survivor should be new to most students, the information about each location is somewhat basic. Still, the texts are suitable for instructional purposes. Diagrams, illustrations, graphs, maps, and sidebars are all examples of features now included in state testing. These books should appeal to most young readers, and the text features provide many teaching opportunities.-Anne L. Tormohlen, Deerfield Elementary School, Lawrence, KS Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.