The definitive reference work for children of 8 years and over - a must for every home, classroom and library, now revised and updated. BLVolumes 1-7 give comprehensive coverage of subjects from Aborigines to Zoos. BLThe Biography volume includes the lives of 560 important people, both current and historical. BLThe Index volume includes an index of over 15,000 entries, a gazetteer of the countries of the world, and a timeline of world history. Notable updates for 2004 include: - the 'war against terrorism', including the Afghan and Iraq wars - the genetic revolution (cloning, GM foods, the Human Genome Project) - technological developments such as digital photography and DVDs - the introduction of the euro and the expansion of the EU There are also a number of new biographical articles, including George W. Bush, Saddam Hussein and J. K. Rowling.