Gr 5-8-These overviews of events in United States history are illustrated with period maps, portraits, broadsides, photographs, letters, and drawings. Sidebars offer brief discussions about the illustrations, including style, type of art, and its use. Transcriptions and translations of letters and tables provide additional information. Alamo covers the Spanish settlements to the present day. The author provides an unbiased account of the struggle between the Mexicans and the Texans and gives a sense of the personalities and impact of the principal participants. However, the explanations of the portraits are not always well placed as the comments interrupt the flow of the narrative. The second book discusses the canal from its creation to the present day. The integration of the art and the history is well done. Of special interest is the inclusion of tables and statements used during the canal's heyday. Teachers will appreciate these cross-curricular approaches to history and art.-Lana Miles, Duchesne Academy, Houston, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.