Gr 4-6-These titles present superficial and occasionally stereotypical information: "The Zulu are a proud, handsome African people." The information is also disjointed or inapplicable. According to the second book, the Navajo first settled in the American Southwest around A.D. 1000. A box on the same page mentions that until about 6000 years ago-5000 years before the advent of the Navajo-this area was covered with freshwater lakes. It further relates that the many-hued Painted Desert was colored by mineral deposits caused by floods from the distant Rocky Mountains. There is a small and unilluminating photo of the Painted Desert several pages back, where this information would have had more relevance. There are facts to be found in these volumes, but thoughtful connections are few and far between, and the writing is flat and cursory (this is the entire introductory paragraph on Zulu festivals: "Zulu festivals are celebrations filled with song, dance, and lots of food. The men drink lots of tshwala, the traditional Zulu beer"). The idea of a series on various first peoples is a sound one, but the lackluster execution of these two entries is disappointing.-Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.