Gr 5-8-In their introduction, the authors describe the different groups of settlers who came to America and their reasons for making the journey. In discussing the living conditions in Colonial America, they draw contrasts between the various cities-north and south-explaining street layout, public meeting buildings, churches, trade centers, seaports, and architectural styles. The types of farms or plantations, crops grown, and the role of women in the countryside are related. Mention is also made of the lifestyle and dangers associated with living in the wilderness. Descriptions of a typical childhood, men and women's attire, and food and cooking methods are provided. The prevalent professions and how the majority of people made a living are discussed, and advances in science, technology, and health are described. The settlers' relations with and influences upon Native Americans are also touched upon. Sidebars explore various topics, such as apprenticing for Ben Franklin, fire fighting in cities, and driving in New York City. Black-and-white illustrations clarify the text. A clearly written and well-organized look at Colonial America.-Debbie Feulner, Northwest Middle School, Greensboro, NC Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.