A series of books about individual countries that really brings a flavour of everyday life in the different parts of the world they explore. The text is straightforward and accessible, largely taking the form of extended captions to plentiful illustrations. The photographs are all specially commissioned for the series and taken by top-quality photographers. The books are in unusual landscape format which really lends itself to the lavish illustrations and ensures a clear reading order. Italy and France look at different aspects of life in these two European countries, from the home to school, and from town to country. Information about capital cities, famous sights and popular festivals are also included. The endmatter gives extension activities and web references as well as a glossary and index.