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Gr 3-6- Colorful spreads, foldout sections, and built-in booklets introduce ancient Pompeii and its place in the Roman Empire, life in the city (commerce, religion, entertainment, etc.), people and homes, the specifics of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, and later excavations. The text provides enough detail to keep youngsters interested, and the pages are filled with clear maps, colorful illustrations, current-day photos of the site, and reproductions of artifacts. Three-dimensional paper sculptures of contemporary buildings allow readers to peek inside, and a pop-up image of the volcano is a real attention-grabber. While the contents of a pull-out drawer-a foldout free-standing replica of a Roman theater, a "wearable gladiator mask," and a pamphlet about the disaster's effects on nearby Herculaneum-may be easily lost, the book's movable parts are sturdy and will stand up to use by browsers.-Joy Fleishhacker , School Library JournalCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.