Gr 2-4-In both books, chapter spreads cover geography, plants and animals, history, current government, education, and the people and their lifestyles (city and country life, work, food, pastimes). The attractive layouts feature full-color photographs and some archival reproductions. Text and a single illustration on one page face a large photograph with a small map set in the white band at top. Pakistan fails to give a picture of the country's ethnic diversity. Also, some of the text and the picture captions are misleading or irrelevant. For example, most sources say not one million but one-half million people died in the riots surrounding the creation of India and Pakistan. Three women pictured out in the desert with water jugs on their heads are said to be "in Karachi," a city of over five million people. Afghanistan is the star here-it's clearly written, informative, and accurate. (The only noticeable error, in the appendix, has Muslims praying east toward Mecca, which of course is southwest from Afghanistan.) This book has solid report material. Beware of some of the information and generalizations in Pakistan.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.