Gr 4-8-Myriad facts and quality illustrations bring these countries to life. Chapters discuss geography, history, government, economy, and more. In addition to background material, much information on contemporary life is provided. Throughout both texts and in sidebars, the authors offer lots of interesting detail such as discussions in Indonesia of the 1883 volcanic eruption of Krakatoa or its unique Wallace Line that separates vastly different zones of flora and fauna. In Myanmar, folk beliefs such as the caution that one should not have "a haircut on Monday, Friday, or on one's birthday" will pique interest. In both volumes, the inclusion of the phonetic pronunciations of many of the foreign words is particularly useful. Recipes that use easily acquired ingredients are also included. Appealing, full-color photos, reproductions, and drawings (at least one to a page); and political, economic, and cultural maps accompany the texts. Informative time lines that note Indonesian and Myanmar events in relation to world events through 2001 add a completeness to these books. Worthy additions to any library.-Alida F. Given, Fairhope Intermediate School, AL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.