Gr 4-6-Each of these books begins with four pages of "pre-evaluated" and annotated Web sites relating to its topic (only the titles of the sites are provided; readers must log onto the myreportlinks.com site to access them), followed by a brief fact page. Successive chapters provide more information, e.g., "Land and Climate," "Plant and Animal Life," "People and Culture," "History and Exploration." Most of the material in Antarctica can be found in any good encyclopedia. In Europe, the text is so simplified that it is meaningless. Topics about which volumes have been written are given short shrift. For example, World War II and the Cold War are covered in one paragraph, and the collapse of the Soviet Union merits three sentences. Antarctica contains one map while Europe has two, all of which are so small they are impossible to read. In both volumes, each spread is designed to resemble a computer screen. Color photos, mostly taken from Web sites, appear throughout, but don't add much to the texts. Save the budget and surf the Web instead.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.