Gr 3-6-These compact titles open with a spread that introduces the topic and its importance from the point of view of an individual child. For instance, Written Word begins with a boy writing a letter to his aunt, e-mailing his friend, and jotting a note to his mother. Each volume then dissects the historical evolution of its featured topic and includes international developments. A time line runs across the bottom of the pages and matches facts related to the given subjects with miscellaneous historical events. For example, in Automobile, the date 1886 is given for Karl Benz's patent for his three-wheel vehicle, which is pictured, and for Georges Seurat's showing of Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jette. Students would need a strong and broad knowledge base in order to relate to some of these historical references. An uneven mixture of black-and-white and color photographs breaks up the dry, matter-of-fact writing styles. Even popular and potentially exciting topics such as space exploration and auto history read like a litany of facts. Despite their drawbacks, these titles could prove useful for reports.-Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.