Gr 3–5—Another series whose concept is better than its execution. The premise, learning about ancient cultures through items, is exciting. The books, however, are divided into generic sections, including "children" and "mythology," which cannot be considered objects by any stretch of the word. The result is a set that is so broad and so overly simplified that it's hard to get any solid content or context from the texts. Each volume certainly contains a few neat facts, and the images are excellent, but a few errors (the Norse goddess Hel is referred to as male, the Roman toga is said to have been replaced by the tunic, rather than reserved for formal affairs, etc.) undermine the books' credibility.