Gr 2-5-Both of these books have 13 double-page spreads each consisting of a large, full-page photograph facing one to two paragraphs of text describing the history and use of the site. While the photographs are of some informational value, the writing is pedestrian and uneven. The total effect is that of a travel brochure. In fact, each book ends with a chirpy invitation to visit the area. Those interested in Ellis Island might prefer the question-and-answer approach of Ellen Levine's If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island (Scholastic, 1994). Material on the Hoover Dam is available in a good encyclopedia.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.