Gr 4-8-These titles take readers back in time to experience life in Israel during King Solomon's reign and Rome during Pax Romana. The authors describe clothing, foods, housing, notable personalities, local customs, safety tips, and give other interesting information. Students will particularly enjoy the quirky facts about "foods to try at your own risk," such as roasted locust, and the lack of private toilets. Written in a lively conversational style, each book contains boxed trivia and informative photos, reproductions, drawings, and maps. Useful for reports or just browsing, these books are fun as well as informative.-Doris Losey, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Tampa, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.