This series provides young readers with an illustrated introduction to different countries, enabling them to compare their lives with those of people from other lands and cultures. This book is concerned with life in the USA today, aiming to create a picture of what it is like to grow up and live there. The author, herself an American, writes of the country's history, climate, resources, wildlife, festivals, family life, education, food, currency and shopping, sport and leisure, religion, customs, government, agriculture and industry. She also looks at current issues in the USA, such as unemployment, racism and the rising crime rate. The text is complemented by a glossary of difficult and unusual words, a further reading list and an index.