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Book Review: 3 Carole P. Roman books

on December 4, 2014

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I am combining these three books into one post as they are all by the same author and since I’m late getting them out I wanted to do this review in the fastest way.

About the Book:

Captain No Beard and his crew of loyal pirates heave anchor for another adventure, this time in the icy waters of the Arctic. Captain No Beard’s steering a course due north, sailing by the light of the North Star. Everyone on the crew wonders what the captain’s up to, especially as he gets embarrassed when they ask. When the captain finally admits his plan, the crew discovers he plans to steal the aurora borealis, the beautiful northern lights that brighten the arctic sky. They’re all shocked. They may be pirates, but even they know stealing is bad. Besides, how can anyone steal the lights from the sky? A charming, engaging tale about doing what’s right, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis is the latest installment in Carole P. Roman’s award-winning pirate series. The first book, Captain No Beard-an Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life, received the Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012 award and the Star of Remarkable Achievement. The series presents real-life problems in an imaginary setting and encourages discussion with both parents and educators

My Opinion:

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time you’ll know that I’ve reviewed other Captain No Beard stories and when the newest, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis arrived on my doorstep I was very excited.  Captain No Beard, AKA, Alexander once again sets sail with his mates, Hallie, Cayla and the other menagerie of excited animals on board the Flying Dragon ship.  The premise is that Captain No Beard wants to capture and bring back the Aurora Borealis to his own bedroom so he can see it again and again, but the whole crew gives him a lesson in why he can’t do this – because to take something that doesn’t belong to you is stealing and it’s wrong.  I’m not sure why his mom hasn’t taught him this lesson yet but at least his ‘crew’ knows right from wrong and helps to steer him right.

Full of imaginative details this is yet another fun book that teaches character lessons for children and it’s good for all children as it can be used by Christians as well as those who are not Christians as it has no religious leaning.  Once Captain No Beard and his crew moor back in his room, they use their imagination to create their own Aurora Borealis without stealing the real one.  Lesson learned.  While I do prefer to use character building books that also focus on our faith this is still a very good way to add to those lessons learned and my son likes that there is a boy in the story he can relate to and the bright illustrations keeps both the reader’s and the one being read to attention.

About the Book:

You’ll never guess what crazy dish the ancient Incan kings ate. But you can read all about it, and more, in If You Were Me and Lived in…Peru, the latest book in Carole P. Roman’s fun travel series for kids.

An exciting introduction to world cultures written for young readers ages three through eight, this new expedition takes kids to South America and gives them a colorful glimpse into what living in Peru is like. Highlighting a myriad of topics, including language, cuisine, climate, and history, this book teaches kids about diversity while also revealing to them the important truth that we are all connected.

Parents, grandparents, and teachers alike will love opening their children’s eyes to the world around them in a fun and easy way—and they’ll be happily surprised when they end up learning a few things themselves. Fair warning, parents: your kids will want to start celebrating a new February holiday after reading this book. But don’t worry. You can always tell them you’re making a certain special, royal Incan dish for dinner.

My Opinion:

It seems lately that I’ve been reading a lot about the people of Peru, so it sort of delighted me when I picked up this newest addition in Carole P. Roman’s series, If You Were Me and Lived in…Peru: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World.  Of course, it’s a child’s book so it’s not as definitive as the other books for adults I’ve read recently but I like the basic intro which is good for children of all ages – older children can use it more as a intro to lead them to more information.  While I do enjoy these books I must add that it claims that the people of Peru have lived there for “over ten thousands years”, this is just a bit of FYI for my readers, who like me, believe in a Biblical view of Creation and don’t see the world as being that old.  One other tidbit was that I cautioned my twelve year old as it mentions one of her favorite animals being used as food, this would upset her.  Otherwise, this is a great look into the life and culture of Peru and like Carole P. Roman’s other books in the series it give the pronunciations of words within the text and there is a glossary at the end as well.

About the Book:

It’s never too early to start teaching children about the world around them. In If You Were Me and Lived in…Greece , early learners get a taste of what their life would be like if they lived in Greece while being introduced to the birthplace of democracy. This book is the latest installment of the educational series about the cultures of the world that speaks to young children about the topics that interest them, such as the foods people eat, the names of boys and girls, and the activities that children their age living in a foreign land are likely to engage in. This exciting visit to Greece also introduces the important concept of democracy to children and highlights some of the other cultural contributions that Greece has made to Western civilization. Basic information is offered in a playful way that won’t overwhelm children.

My Opinion:

My mother-in-law’s family comes from Greece, there is a long story there but I won’t include it in this review for If You Were Me and Lived in…Greece: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the Worldbut it was neat to read this with my children and learn a bit more about Greece especially on my 8 year old son’s level.  This book touches on the Olympics and how wars would literally stop so that the men could compete in the sporting events and watch, maybe we should have more Olympics?  I have to say that I’ve never heard of Greece being called “the cradle of western civilization” so I’ll have to do some more digging on that one since their are older civilizations who existed before Greece and I’ve always been told Mesopotamia has that distinction.  With the in text pronunciations and the glossary at the end, the reading is easy and the hard words are easily learned and said correctly – although the Greek language is a hard one to decipher.  The illustrations provide pictorial ideas of what is being presented and hold the attention of those gathered around the book.

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