well maybe not, but there are some really cool countries to learn about in Carole P. Roman's If you were me and Lived in...series. I have four more countries that I reviewed: Russia, India, Portugal and Australia. It doesn't matter where you live; it is always interesting to learn about other cultures. I have enjoyed getting to know more about other countries through Roman's books. You not only learn about their way of life and interesting places to visit, but also learn how to say some words in their native tongue through these books. Why not make this summer a learning summer and pick up some of Carole's books for this if you were me series. You can visit Carole's web site here.
Read Other views I've done one this series 1, 2.
About the Author:
Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the If You Were Me and
Lived in… series, which won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s
Nonfiction in 2012. She collaborated on this installment in the series
with her five-year-old grandson, Alexander. Roman also writes the
Captain No Beard series, the first of which was named a Kirkus Best of
2012, received a Star of Remarkable Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award in
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.
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.
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.
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.
A copy of these books were provided by the author and Bostick Communications for the purpose of this review.