Gr 1-3-Despite the huge demand for nonfiction for this audience, libraries can skip these titles. The writing is so stilted and dry that even Huck Finn might pass on the chance to travel this Mississippi River. The treatment of Niagara Falls is particularly disappointing. It is understood that young readers need to have things simplified, but to describe the amount of water going over the falls as "a lot" is neither awe-inspiring nor useful. Omitting any mention of the two Great Lakes-Erie and Ontario-that act as Niagara Falls's contributor and terminus is unforgivable. Although the accompanying photographs in both books are clear and dramatic, the maps are less than ordinary, providing too little information to help youngsters place the landforms. Although there is not much on these subjects out there for this age group, your young readers deserve better.-Steve Clancy, Colonial Village Elementary School, Niagara Falls, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.