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If You Were Me and Lived In….India….Turkey by Carole P. Roman #grow4christ #review

on April 9, 2014

About the Book:

Number four in a series of world culture, If You Were Me and Lived in… Turkey, explores cultural differences through a child’s understanding. A respectful and lively treatment of the subtle differences of the people from different parts of the globe we share. Join Carole P.Roman as she travels to learn out the people, culture, and customs of the people Turkey.

You can purchase a copy on Amazon.



About the Book:

Let’s travel to India! Land of bright colors and delicious spices, If You Were Me and Lived in…India, takes young readers on a road trip to learn about this interesting place. Children will learn how to say mommy and daddy, what type of currency is used, games that youngsters play and a lot of interesting facts about the beautiful land of India. If You Were Me and Lived in…India adds this ethnically diverse country to the growing, award winning series that is out to cover the entire globe, teaching children about culture and customs all over the world. The ForeWord Review, Clarion Review gave “If You Were Me and Lived in…Kenya” a coveted five star ranking. The first book in the series, If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” received the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Nonfiction 2012.

You can purchase a copy on Amazon.


This is the video for the book If You Were Me and Lived In….Mexico but I wanted to share so you can see a bit in action.

My Opinion:

If you’ve read my reviews before you’ll know that I’ve read other of Carole P. Roman’s books before like Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life or the If You Were Me and Lived in series and they all have a great educational value or at least to show children how other children use their imagination.  The If You Were Me series introduces children to other cultures and far away places in an age appropriate way and without bombarding them with a lot of facts that they won’t remember.  Each book starts with showing the child a globe and where that place is located, in this review it’s Turkey and India, so you’ll get to see the continent and then where within that continent the country is located – great for a geography lesson!  Some smalls facts are discussed like how India is the second most populated country in the world or how Turkey has the second largest city in the world called Istanbul.

A little boy and girl walk you through the book introducing area names – names that are relevant to the culture there – such as Raj or Sema (I’ll let you guess which is the boys and which is the girls and which is from India and which is from Turkey).  There will be other fun facts such as spots to stop and visit, what you would call your mom and dad, what the money is called, the various foods found in the country as well as what children do in their free time, what they call a school and maybe even on the country’s major holidays.  There is a lot of information even for the short book but as I said above it’s given in a way that children can remember the facts instead of just in one ear and out the other.

Not only do children learn facts about other countries some basic language is also given, no worries there is a pronunciation guide given at the back of the book (the only problem with it being at the back is having to flip to it as one reads) however I solve that by looking over the pronunciation guide before reading the book to my children so I’ll know any unusual or unfamiliar words before I start.  The illustrations are cute and lively and will keep children’s attention and may even spark some conversation as to the way a person is dressed like in India and the women in headcoverings.  Of course, reading the books may also spark a whole unit study on that country – especially for homeschoolers who enjoy unit studies – there are enough books in the series to keep going for weeks, of course studying a whole country could take months or more – depending on the age of your student(s).  These are great books and I enjoy know they are on my shelves, alongside my educational resource books.

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2 responses to “If You Were Me and Lived In….India….Turkey by Carole P. Roman #grow4christ #review

  1. I am so glad you like the series!

  2. […] – I was given Australia, Russia and Portugal this time and you can read the reviews of India and Turkey as well as Mexico, France, South Korea and Norway here on my blog as well.  While these are geared […]

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