Gr 3-5-Each volume introduces its subject, gives information about the Greek and Roman pantheons, tells a few stories about the god or hero in question, and finishes with brief sections on "Mythology Today." The titles have a two-item list for further reading, a Web site (the same one in all three books), and an index so abbreviated as to be functionally useless. Each page of text is matched with a full-page illustration, generally either a classical piece of sculpture or a period painting. For example, Zeus features artwork by Paul Cezanne, Benvenuto Cellini, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, among others. The prose is generally clear but somewhat lackluster, and though the information is adequate to introduce these figures, there is relatively little background on the cultures that produced them, leaving the myths without a firm cultural context. The glossaries contain 9 or 10 terms, most of which are defined in context. Attractive and nonthreatening, these are acceptable introductory books. Their greatest utility may lie in moving students on to more complex treatments of Greek and Roman mythology such as Fiona Macdonald's Gods and Goddesses in the Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks (2002) and Peter Hicks's Gods and Goddesses in the Daily Life of the Ancient Romans (2003, both Peter Bedrick).-Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.