Gr 4-6 While not perfect, this is the best of the recent crop of books about Australia. In addition to the expected topicspolitics, sports, school life, flo ra, and faunaless common subjects are examined. Cricket is succinctly de scribed with enough detail to satisfy most readers, the Boxing Day holiday is explained, and recipes for two dis tinctively Australian foods are provid ed. A scattering of photographs, mostly in color, add dimension without sup planting the text. Stark's excellent work is marred only by a few awkward phrases and one major error: Australia is 7500 miles southwest of Los Angeles, not a mere 2000. Prefatory materials in clude two pages of facts and a simple map. Appendixes provide a glossary of Australian terms (lacking pronuncia tion guides) and addresses for Austra lia's North American consulates. More comprehensive and detailed than Aus tralia Today or Passport to Australia (both Watts, 1987), Australia: a Lucky Land is an excellent choice for school and public libraries. Jeanette Larson, Mesquite Public Library, Tex.