Children's LiteratureAn introduction and timeline span of the history of Los Angeles from Spanish exploration in 1769 to the election of James K. Hahn in 2001. It grows "from a small pueblo into a city that attracts residents and visitors from all over the world." Interesting sidebars highlight the leadership of Mayor Tom Bradley, the founding of Disneyland, and the success of the 1984 Summer Olympics. The book also creates an inviting image of the modern day metropolis and of the diverse Angelenos. Short readable sections about "Transportation" and about "Industry" (with a separate section on Hollywood), and "L.A. Outdoors" include bright color photos that show both the best of the area and the problems with earthquakes and pollution. Most photos cover half a page or more and add interest for reluctant readers. The book concludes with an index and glossary, and a list of Spanish words with their phonetic pronunciations. It is part of the "Checkerboard Geography Library" series, and it gives an accessible overview of a lively urban environment. 2005, ABDO Publishing Company, Ages 8 to 12.