I enjoy introducing my children to different cultures from around the world but sometimes we aren’t needing an in depth study or reference book but just an over view and that is where Carole P. Roman with Away We Go Media comes into play. I was sent four books in the If You Were Me and Lived In…. series to review and they were well received in our house:
- If You Were Me and Lived In…..Mexico
- If You Were Me and Lived In…..South Korea
- If You Were Me and Lived In…..France
- If You Were Me and Lived In…..Norway
Each book begins with showing the child what the country’s shape looks like, then where it is located on a globe. This is great for learning geography that is so often missing in today’s world – even I wouldn’t have been able to tell you right off where Norway was until I read this book to my children – sad, but true. After seeing on the globe where the country is the children begin to read about what it would be like to live there and be a citizen of that country and it’s traditions. My children and I really liked knowing what some of the names are for girls and boys such as Minjoon for a boy and Soobin for a girl in South Korea. Children are also introduced to the money that is used in that country, as well as foods, holidays and places to see there using that language – no worries, there is a pronunciation guide at the back of the book to help with saying the words.
I used the books pretty much as a way to keep them occupied when they were done with school and during some doctor appointments we had. They enjoyed laughing at me as I struggled to pronounce some of the words in the books and I laughed right along with them! It really opened up some discussion as well as to the differences in America compared to the other countries cultures and not so different celebrations such as Mexico having a day to celebrate Christopher Columbus’ discovering of America which is called Descubrimiento de America. This opened up a lot of discussion since we’ve studied Columbus this year and so that allowed my children to recall the events we learned about him.
The books are geared towards ages Pre-K to 8 years old but all three of mine ages 11, 9 and 7 really enjoyed them and of course my 11 and 9 year old read them to my 7 year old as well. Each softcover book measures 8 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches so they fit great on a bookshelf and the pages are fairly heavy duty as well for those children who are a little rough on their books. Each book is between 20 and 30 pages and the type is large so even a beginner reader should be able to help read or read on their own with maybe some guidance in regards to the foreign words they may not be able to pronounce. The prices vary slightly depending on the book but it’s safe to say that they are all right around $9 or under and are also available in e-book format as well.
In reading these books I also used the blow up globe that was sent in my package to try to really reiterate what we learning and also tell the children how to find the country without the aid of the book by using other geographic clues to find it. These could easily be used to make a unit study on your own or do as I did and just use it as some fun but hidden educational time to just bond with your children through a fun and exciting story about another place that they may never get to visit but can learn about. If you’d like to see what other parents thought about these books please visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog.
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