Gr 3-6-This contemporary and very appealing cultural atlas is akin to visiting a particularly well-designed museum exhibit about the people of the world. Though by her own admission there are far too many groups to fit into one book, Freeman makes a valiant effort to include as many as is practical and still keep the book to a manageable size, which is not an easy task. Hundreds of vibrant color photographs interspersed with short paragraphs of text describe all manner of cultural events and artifacts from every corner of the globe. The book is organized by continent, with each section introduced with a general description of the inhabitants, a political map, and abbreviated tables of pertinent statistics on such topics as language, population, and religion. Each introduction is followed by several two-page chapters on countries, geographical regions, or specific cultural or ethnic groups. What it lacks in completeness the text more than makes up for in interesting details and information on both well- and little-known groups of people. This is not the kind of book to absorb in one reading, but rather one to return to again and again, finding something new and surprising each time.-Sue Morgan, Tom Kitayama Elementary School, Union City, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.