Gr 3–5—Engaging text, strong organization, and highly effective visual layouts are the highlights of this set. After an overview of the bird, which includes a clear delineation of groups and species, each book shifts to more specific examples, focusing on superlative characteristics such as "fastest" or "biggest." The writing is lively and ably supported by photographs. Layouts vary in effective ways, ranging from close-ups of raptor beaks to a series of three images depicting different eating practices. Even the index, glossary, and table of contents include neatly placed photographs. Nearly all images include species identification within a caption. Most spreads include an interesting "Xtreme Fact" inset, some accompanied by spot photos. Closing pages look at the endangered status of each group. Raptor Rescue offers an engaging look at rehabilitation procedures for injured birds, complementing the species-focused books in the set. VERDICT High-quality nonfiction with strong visual appeal for upper elementary schoolers.