Members of the Review Crew have been sharing Carole P. Roman's assorted series of books with their families. Each written by author Carole P. Roman, these books have won numerous awards, including the Homeschool Review Crew's Blue Ribbon Award, and are a really fun way to expose learners to geography, cultures and world history.
About Carole P. Roman
Carole P. Roman is an award-winning author who began writing books after being dared to do so by her son. After writing her first book based on a video game that she liked to play, she has now written over 35 books. The "If You Were Me and Lived in..." series allows elementary grade readers to explore what life would be like for people living around the world at various periods of time. Describing clothing, food, education, games, and religion for each time period, readers are introduced to cultures that differ greatly from our own. She also has a similar series of non-fiction books for older readers. Her books, both fiction and non-fiction, have won over 100 awards.
For this review, we were given out three choices from the many various titles offered from the various series. This was extremely hard to do as there are so many wonderful titles to choose from. Ultimately, we selected the following titles from the culture and history selections:
If You Were Me and Lived in... Renaissance Italy
If You Were Me and Lived in... India
If You Were Me and Lived in... the Ancient Mali Empire
If You Were Me and Lived in... the Mayan Empire
About The Books:
If You Were Me and Lived in...India
Part of the "A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World", this 26 page book introduces younger readers to two children from India as they describe their culture. Readers learn general facts such as where India is located and what is the country's capital city as well as holidays that are important to the Indian culture. Readers continue on to learn what the children call their mother and father as well as their school, how they dress, what they eat and how they like to spend their time.
If You Were Me and Lived in... Renaissance Italy
This 54 page book, illustrated by Silvia Brunetti, discusses the period of time in Tuscany Italy in 1480s. The book covers topics such as the fact students did not typically attend school due to the many diseases at that time period but instead were homeschooled, about the discoveries made in the fields of sciences and artists of that time. Readers are introduced to famous Italians such as Filippo Brunelleschi, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Niccolo Machiavelli and learn about the lives of the people living during that time were, depending on their financial class.
If You Were Me and Lived in... The Ancient Mali Empire
Illustrated by Mateya Arkova, this 78 page takes students back to the height of the Mali Empire in the 14th Century. The book describes the rise of the empire, the history of the cities, and then introduces readers to the traditions, food, music, clothing and other aspects of life during that time period.
If You Were Me and Lived in... The Mayan Empire
Part of the same series as The Ancient Mali Empire and Renaissance Italy, within the 68 pages of the Mayan Empire, readers will encounter the ancient Mayan Empire and what life was like for them nearly 1500 years ago. Written from the perspective of a 15 year old boy, readers learn about the religious beliefs, society system, and more. This book is illustrated by Paula Tabor.
It's always a real pleasure when we get the opportunity to review books by Carole P. Roman. This time around was no different. These books have beautiful illustrations and are packed full of facts to introduce children to the cultures of other countries as well as different periods of time in history (although, one of the books in the If You Were Me series discusses what life would be like on another planet, Mars).
For our review, we read these books together as a read aloud at the beginning of our school day. The first book, about India, was a very quick read for us as it's written for a younger student and we were able to read it within a few minutes. The kids really wanted to read this one because we often go out to eat Indian food and so they were curious about the culture of the family that runs the restaurant. The book proved to give a nice little introduction to the country and would be great for a student around 3rd-4th grad.
|Reading the India Book aloud during school|
|Illustrations from the Mayan Empire Book|
|Beautiful illustration from the Mali Empire book|
|Illustration from the Renaissance Italy book.|
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Members of the crew were given their choice of four books from a large list of offerings of books from Carole P. Roman. These selections range from storybooks for young children to the history and culture series for older readers. Be sure to click the banner below to read their reviews today.