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Carole P. Roman: If You Were Me and Lived In…….. #grow4christ #book review

on July 8, 2014



About the Book:


Award winning and best selling author Carole P. Roman travels to beautiful Portugal. This pro active book invites children to think about Portugal’s many wonders from the sunny Azores to the wide variety of food. Roman’s If You Were Me books have a simple, winning formula: portray children from other countries and explain how familiar items and customs are the same, and how they differ, in the country being discussed… The appeal of Roman’s If You Were Me series is that this information is not offered in the bland style of an encyclopedia entry, but rather as part of a tour of real life in India…It’s this organic conversational tone that keeps the book interesting and inspires kids’ own curiosity for other cultures.” Peter Dabbene The Foreword Review Join Carole P. Roman as she takes you to explore the friendly country of Portugal!





About the Book:


Former social studies teacher Carole P. Roman has penned a new addition in her exiting explorations of foreign cultures and customs with “If You Were Me and Lived in … Australia”. In her years as a teacher, parent and grandparent, Roman noticed that there were few, if any, books about other cultures for young children. Roman has remedied the deficit and now introduces the new Australia installment in a series that educates kids, parents and teachers, alike. Roman recognizes that children love to discover the differences and similarities of other people and places in far-off lands. In this series, she describes details that kids can relate to. Tailored to children from 3-to-8-years old, her writing is simple but does not talk down to youngsters. Among the topics that are introduced in this journey to Australia are the unusual indigenous animals, the extraordinary Great Barrier Reef, the currency, the beloved game of cricket and the national holiday, Australia Day, as well as the special nicknames people have for one another and the curious taste sensation, Vegemite.




About the Book:


Exploring the world has never easier—or more fun!—than with Carole P. Roman’s award-winning If You Were Me and Lived In… children’s series. Continuing its globetrotting tradition, If You Were Me and Lived in…Russia explores the magic and wonder of this captivating country. As children ages three to eight take a leisurely stroll around Russia, they will come across some of the country’s most recognizable sites, including the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and the Red Square. Learn about Russia’s yummy delicacies, like borscht and caviar, before playing popular Russian games like chess and “fipe”—a game children may know better as “tag”! Brimming with these and other fascinating facts, If You Were Me and Lived in…Russia is the perfect way to both entertain and educate your children about the great big world that exists outside their windows. From Russia’s festive New Year’s celebrations to popular Russian names, this charming addition to the If You Were Me and Lived in… family explains everything there is to know about one of the world’s most historic destinations.




You can find our purchasing information at Carole P. Roman’s website.

About the Author: Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born. It has followed with four more books to the series.  Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.  She has just finished the first of six books in a groundbreaking new nonfiction series about culture around the world. “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us.

Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.



My Opinion:


I was sent some more books in the If You Were Me and Lived In…. series which as great books for introducing countries and their cultures to children – 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 towards children ages 3 to 8 years, they can actually be well suited to older children as well who may need a little push to become interested in geography and cultures.  The books are short but big on information that concerns each country such as names for moms and dads, popular children’s names, foods, games and even popular sites to visit.  A globe in the beginning shows your child where exactly the country is located on it’s continent as well as the shape of the country – which is great if you like to do mapping or just want to help your child’s geography skills.  My only issue comes in the book about Australia – which mentions “People native to Australia have lived on this large island for over forty-thousand years” (page 20), since we believe in Creation Science and the Biblical account of Creation this isn’t something that we’d read, so I chose to skip it but wanted to let my readers know about this.


Overall, I’ve enjoyed this series, they are great books for when I need a break from ‘real’ school books but don’t want to not to do any learning and they are engaging with their cute and colorful illustrations depicting each country’s culture.  In the back is a glossary of all the words used that are not English, including a pronunciation guide and a definition – the pronunciation guide is also included in the story as it’s read to help with the flow of reading the facts.  I do highly recommend these books to anyone who wants to introduce geography and cultures to their young children or wants to spur an interest in it in an older child – they are inexpensive and some are available in e-book format as well for ease of taking on trips or outside the home.  I also think most homeschool families would enjoy these additions to their home libraries for their own repeated and frequent use – it would also be easy to use these as a springboard to making your own unit studies.



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