This book is part of the "Modern World Nations" series and does a thorough coverage of this wonderful and beautiful country. The introduction picks up the things that people are likely to know, like the kiwi, the Maori people, and the rugby game. New Zealand's natural landscapes come next because of the natural beauty that all visitors talk bout. Their unique plant and animal life follows and is quite interesting. The Polynesian history is next. There is a very interesting chapter about the people and their culture. The reader will learn about their government and the economy. The last chapter talks about looking ahead. "Facts at a Glance" rounds out this history and geography lesson. There are "Further Reading," a "Bibliography," an "Index," "Picture Credits," and "About the Author" sections. It is a really fine book about New Zealand, a country of fascinating cultures that should not be overlooked. The quality of the paper, color, layouts, and arrangement are very good. If the other books in the series are as well done, they should be purchased for school and public libraries. 2002, Chelsea House Publishers, Ages 10 to 15.