Gr 4-7-These slim, clearly written titles use numerous full-color historical maps and reproductions to inform readers about these periods in our history. Divided into three broad chapters, they incorporate a range of perspectives representing a variety of peoples and places integrally involved in their respective eras. Headings within the chapters and sidebars add to the accessibility and attractiveness of the volumes. The illustrations are carefully captioned and work well to present concepts in conjunction with the texts. While Betsy Maestro's Exploration and Conquest (Lothrop, 1994), Joy Hakim's Making Thirteen Colonies (Oxford, 1999), and Edward Dolan's The American Revolution (Millbrook, 1995) cover these periods, Stefoff's informative overviews broaden the resources available for U.S. history units.-Janie Schomberg, Leal Elementary School, Urbana, IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.