General information-- geographical characteristics, climate, cities, population, etc.-- about the continent of South America is presented as a brief introduction to the more specific factual records which follow. Mr. Joy takes each country, and gives an uninspiring run-down of present conditions, history, unique characteristics, resources, etc. Following his encyclopedic report of each country, are two articles, one by a boy and one by a girl, about life in the country. The author's essays and the young people's rather stereotyped reports are outlined thoroughly by heavy inked headings-- too many. The book will be interesting to those studying South America. There is much information here, but the reading is anything but varied or intriguing.