Gr 2-3-Devoting titles in this series to specific vocations, such as minstrel, pilgrim, and knight, is a helpful device for assignments on the Middle Ages. Unfortunately, the simplicity of the texts is their nemesis. There is not enough information to make the books worthwhile as research tools, and the second-person narratives make the texts seem like fiction. An opening chapter in Knight reads: "You wake up early the next day. It's your first tournament as a knight." Pilgrim begins: "Do you like to take trips? If you lived in Europe 800 years ago, you might have been a pilgrim." In contrast, the illustrations, drawn from universities and museums in Europe and the Middle East, are beautiful and sophisticated and are impressive in their placement and authenticity. Their origins are listed at the front of the book. However, it is highly unlikely that primary-grade children will understand or appreciate the artwork without extensive explanation.-Barbara Buckley, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.