Gr 3-5-Weintraub gives a short history of each lighthouse, including its significance during war and peace, duties of a light keeper, the impact of the weather, and ghost stories. Boston Light discusses the history of light in lighthouses, while Hatteras goes into the workings of the Fresnel lens. The writing is choppy and unexciting. The books' design is busy, with text and graphics set over drawings of lighthouses and sea, a string of lighthouses parading across the top margin, page numbers overlaid on a lighthouse with rays coming from the light onto the page, and oval insets with captions on most spreads as well. The diagram of the Fresnel lens is not labeled, and would be useless to the intended audience. Boston Light includes a famous painting of Washington crossing the Delaware River into New Jersey, an event that had nothing to do with the light. More than 20 words are included in each glossary, reflecting the difficult vocabulary in these books.-Peg Glisson, Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.