Gr 3-6-It's difficult to write about a country in the midst of a devastating war that is changing its history, its land, and the daily life of its people. These books present a look at Iraq as it once was but do not provide enough reminders that things are changing rapidly. As readers look at people going about their daily lives and work, there should be the nagging thought, is this still true? While there is some necessary repetition among the titles, each one provides an overview of its subject and a good sense of the rich history of this country and the many peoples who have settled there and added to its culture. The photography is crisp and clear and the language, with an additional glossary for difficult terms, is direct. In contrast, the discussions of the various groups who settled the area and the many conflicts for control are not clear because of the lack of maps and time lines. These books provide plenty of information for reports about pre-invasion Iraq but may already be outdated.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.