School Library JournalGr 4-6–Bold, clear texts and ample photos and illustrations make this series a decent introduction to cultures from the contemporary and historical worlds. The books follow a simple formula in which chapter titles are questions such as “What do the Inuit Wear?” “Do the Amazonian Indians have Medicines?” and “What work did Plains Indians do?” Similar questions are asked of each group, allowing readers to compare civilizations to one another and to their own culture. Some of the questions, however, such as “Do the Inuit have families like ours?” seem a little condescending when asked of modern cultures. The answers provide an adequate amount of intelligible material for the reading level. For example, the answer to the question, “Who were the Prehistoric Rulers?” includes brief details on Boudicca of eastern Britain, status symbols, and the objects that might have been buried with a leader. Fine historical introductions to the groups covered.
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