Gr 3-6-Breezy and upbeat, these series entries present solid overviews of their topics in an economical fashion, giving young readers enough facts (and a clear sense of cause and effect in the historical volume) to prepare brief reports or to answer their own questions. In addition to Ancona's own photographs, illustrations include period photographs, engravings, and paintings. Foods investigates not only Mexican cooking (including candies), but also looks at the cultural settings and occasions during which certain types of foods are likely to be eaten. In Past, the author succinctly surveys the major periods and forces of Mexican history and does not avoid its tumultuousness and frequent revolutions. People covers the expected Spanish, Indian, and mestizo populations, but also is careful to point out the contributions of immigrants from nations other than Spain. Foods includes a pair of recipes, Past adds a time line, and People, a list of common phrases. These are solid choices for any children's collection in which books about other cultures and peoples are popular, and especially for those serving Mexican-American students.-Coop Renner, Moreno Elementary School, El Paso, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.