This series succeeds dramatically in communicating the unique charm, the allure, and the cultures of other parts of the world. Here also are geography, history, economics, key attractions … and so much more. The result is a delightful mix of enchantment that is as riveting as it is informative. From the start, readers are caught up in the crisp style of the series. Whether it’s a description of bustling London, or an incredibly readable explanation of the decline of ancient Egypt, 5th-grade-and-up students are right there … visualizing … understanding … and remembering Best of all, little is overlooked that will contribute to the readers’ total appreciation of a culture. Be it sagas of Vikings or folktales of trolls. Or even acknowledgment of modern Vikings like Thor Heyerdahl. There’s mystery such as England’s Stonehenge and Egypt’s Great Pyramids … plus nature’s wonders — like Australia’s egg-laying platypus and China’s gentle but rare pandas. Everything is there … to be enjoyed, relished, and learned from. Each book also includes a chapter of brief biographies of important people. And each features an 8-10 page reference section of "quick facts", perfect for students’ research, about such subjects as population, government, geographical data, currency, and historical chronology. Throughout, all the books are ablaze with a generous amount of beautiful full-color photographs. "Enchantment of the World" can be of equal importance in the library or social studies classroom. Either way, it’s a series that students will go back to again and again.