Gr 5-8-Slim, basic overviews. Influential leaders and the country's tumultuous changes from dictatorship to democracy to the election of President Vicente Fox in 2000 are covered in Government. Facts discusses both the history of the nation and life today, explaining that poverty is a huge problem. Information on each of the 31 states is also given, along with colorful maps. In Economy, manufacturing, farming, natural resources, and tourism are the focus of separate chapters. Discussion of NAFTA's impact on the country is included, as is Fox's election. Climate, topography, regions, and natural wonders are some of the topics examined in Geography. All of the books are illustrated with a number of clear, color photos with informative captions; some also include black-and-white archival shots and reproductions. The attractive layouts feature pastel pages framed with white borders, bold headings, and an occasional colorful sidebar offering additional tidbits. The breakdown of information into separate titles will be useful for students focusing on specific topics. However, libraries on limited budgets may find Facts the best buy since it touches on all of these topics.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.