A short text, amply supplemented with two-color drawings by John Barron, accounts for the happenings in Illinois from the time of French settlement to the present but misinterprets history in a glorification of the region that obscured the meaning of individual action and the natural course of events. The familiar events are here- the explorations of Joliet and Marquette, British tenure after St. Ange's defeat in the French and Indian Wars, Clark's expedition and the victories at Vincennes and Kaskaskia, the Spanish bid for power, the rush of settlers after 1825, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. While a very competent and professional job, the text as a whole is a eulogy of Illinois and its star studded destiny in the American scene. One might think it existed as a live entity responsible for its own achievements. For state-proud readers this will provide ample reinforcement.