Ages 10 to 13 years. The book describes the region's four central counties (Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's), including wildlife, plants, and history. It also details what is unique about each county, such as, government, growth, major towns, natural resources, and places of interest. Especially interesting to young readers will be the details on "fascinating folks" who live in each county. Parents and grandparents will find it an appealing educational gift.