As if the Wild West does not sound exciting enough, this title in the "Discovery" series entices young readers with its large size and glossy color pages. Boldface headlines draw the eye to short passages, and each topic is complimented by long captions that explain the photos and illustrations on every page. The layout might be especially appealing to the reluctant reader; heavy on the visuals and lighter on the text. Topics covered range from geography and history to bandits and cowboys. American Indians are featured in the first few pages and then reappear later in the book. The few references about the effect of settlers on the Indian tribes are brief. Creative projects for kids to do on their own are scattered throughout the book. Readers can choose one of several sewing activities, make a sheriff's badge, or cook a cowboy dinner. A good introduction to life on the western plains in the 1800's; the coverage is by no means exhaustive. An illustrated timeline and glossary are appended, as well as an index. 2000, Lorenz/Anness Publishing Ltd, Ages 9 to 12.