We love learning with real books , and Carole P. Roman books and collections from Carole P. Roman are some of our favorites!
We got to pick 3 titles from her extensive collection of award-winning children's books. It was a difficult choice, should we explore the world with "If You Were Me and Lived in... " a series that visits different countries around the world?
Or should we dive into history with "If You Were Me and Lived in..." series that takes us back in time to experience different eras?
Maybe we should set sail with "Captain No Beard" or "Fribbet the Frog". We could even visit Mars, or fight like a princess. So many amazing choices!
We decided to explore with If You Were Me and Lived in...India: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World , If You Were Me and Lived in...Israel: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World and If You Were Me and Lived in...the Ancient Mali Empire: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time.
This series is designed to be an introduction to different countries and cultures around the world for children ages 4-9. With 20 titles in this series, you can take a trip around the world, right from the pages of these brightly illustrated books.
If You Were Me and Lived in...India: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World takes you to one of my favorite places in the world...India! Each book in this series presents facts about the country in the manner of what it would be like to really live there. What would you see, what would you eat, what your name may be, what you call your parents...etc.
My testers really like reading these and imagining living there! I love that each book includes the pronunciation guides for the new words. Having been to India several times, I can verify that the information is 100% correct - eating spicy food with your right hand is fun! My biggest regret, not getting to see the Taj Mahal for myself...
If You Were Me and Lived in...Israel: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World takes us to a very important place - Israel. Since we have been studying world religions, this was a wonderful way to introduce some geography too. The book gives a glimpse of Israel, through the eyes of a child living there. Who wouldn't want to float in the Dead Sea, eat falafel, or celebrate Purim like Esther?
What I like best about this series, is that it is written to our children. The books inspire a curiosity to learn more about new and different places. We use them all the time to complement our other studies, or just to ignite imagination. We have reviewed other titles - read what we thought here.
Our third selection - If You Were Me and Lived in...the Ancient Mali Empire: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time is part of the history series designed for your 8-15 year olds. In these titles, you get to time-travel to other eras to experience life. We have enjoyed many of these titles - check out our review.
If You Were Me and Lived in...the Ancient Mali Empire is a 77 page softcover book with delightful watercolor-style illustrations. This book takes you back in time to the Ancient Mali Empire. I do not find many books on this topic! One of the reasons to love Carol P. Roman, she makes history come alive for our children.
You learn what the history of Mali is, what your names would be (one of my tester's favorite parts!), where you lived, what you believed, what the weather and climate were like, what your family did for a living.
You explore the government, listen to your grandfather's storytelling, and meet Mansa Munsa.
You learn about school, arranged marriage, and what you would wear. You learn about what you would eat, you never went hungry!
The book takes you back in time to really experience the culture. Once again, it is a wonderful introduction to truly imagine living at that time and place. My testers were enthralled with every page.
In addition, the back section of the book introduces you to famous people in the Mali Empire and includes a glossary of terms to know. These books make a wonderful unit study in themselves, or a great addition to your history study! My older students use them for research tools as well.
Be sure to check out all the Crew Reviews, with so many title to choose from - you're sure to find some to love!
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