An experienced children's author teams with a pair of widely published illustrators in a new series on famous Americans. These first entries contain basic facts, presented in a straightforward, flat style, matched by illustrations that lie on the pages like posed tableaux. Only the most familiar information is included, with little attempt to put it in perspective. The Gettysburg Address, for example, is mentioned with no allusion to the fact that it was given after a pivotal battle. While the picture-book format is attractive and the books do help fill the void in biographies for young readers, these are little more than skeletons limned in a series of declarative sentences, providing instruction but not inspiration.