Two additions to a series which has established itself as standard for reference material on foreign countries. The Buck book is definitely boy interest, as the picture of a boy's life in Ireland is told through personal anecdote and adventure, rather than through observation and general information. The facts are there, but one feels that the style is a bit amateurish....The Thomas book has a more definite appeal to girls, through the details about clothes and houses and food. On the whole a book of more substance and better done. Both, however, fill a need. The feel of the life and people, the activities, in work and school and play, the customs of the people, and enough of history and legend recommend them.