Gr 4-6-In Temples, Nardo discusses the Parthenon in Athens and, in Amphitheaters, the Colosseum in Rome as examples of how each type of structure was erected. Each book provides a brief cultural context; a history of the development of the building type; and a history of the particular structure, including how it was built, what it was used for, and what happened after the society that created it lost prominence. Temples also discusses how classical Greek architecture influenced modern builders. The writing is informative and engaging and not oversimplified. The illustrations are mainly clear, high-quality, full-color photographs; captions and sidebars add interesting facts not mentioned in the text. Glossary terms are both set in bold and defined in context; but some of them are too simple for the intended audience. These titles provide material not otherwise offered at this level in stand-alone volumes, and present it so that readers will understand the importance of the structures to the cultures that created them and to modern people. Useful for reports.-Lynda S. Poling, Long Beach Public Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.