Gr 3-6-While there is nothing unique or outstanding about these titles, they do have a simple, attractive format that makes them accessible to young audiences. In the first book, Nardo is careful to point out that the lives of the Egyptian nobility were quite different from those of peasants. He describes the importance of religion to all ancient Egyptians and their view of the afterlife. The second book contains a basic, but useful introduction to the innovations of democracy and the Greeks' interest and participation in sports. The author outlines the various social classes and notes that women and slaves did not share the same political rights as male citizens. Even in these brief introductions, the author avoids judging these ancient societies by modern-day values. Full-color photos, maps, and reproductions are plentiful and add interest to the texts. Serviceable additions.-David Pauli, Hillsboro Public Library, OR Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.