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We are always excited about the chance to review new books and add to our family library. That excitement is magnified when the books are coming from an author we already know and enjoy! We were very excited to have the opportunity to review four wonderful paperback children’s books from Carole P. Roman’s assorted series. We had already reviewed a selection of her books last year, so we knew we were in for a treat!
We were blessed to be able to choose four of Carole P. Roman‘s wonderful titles, the only challenge was narrowing down which four books we wanted to choose. My first selection was the easiest, I chose If You Were Me and Lived on… Mars. My son is really interested in astronauts and space so this was a perfect fit for him. This book was full of fun and colorful illustrations. The story gave him great information about Mars but also a good perspective of what it might be like if we had a colony on Mars. It shared how in addition to the special things needed for space, it talked about how everyday activities like basketball would be different on Mars.
Next, I went with If You Were Me and Lived In… Colonial America because
that is one of our favorite eras in history. This book focused on the Pilgrims which was an interesting perspective for us. We spend a lot of time studying and participating in living history events related to Colonial North Carolina. It was a great opportunity for my children to compare and contrast the two areas.
My final two selections were If You Were Me And Lived In… Italy and If You Were Me and Lived in… Israel. These books gave lots of great information about the geography and culture of each country. My children really enjoyed the parts about foods in the different countries as well as learning a few words in the language of each country. There was information about schooling, daily life, and important places in the country.
Each of these paperback books included beautiful full color illustrations that were a combination of mostly drawings with a few photographs in the books about a specific country. The drawings featured children and made the books very attractive to my children. In the back of each book, was a pronunciation guide that helped with words that might not be familiar to a young reader.
Each of the books is written from the point of view of a child in that time period or from that location. I think this really helps students to relate to the books and be engaged with the story. For example, in the Colonial America book the little boy spoke about the chores that he did, the clothes he wore, how he was educated, and even his friends.
In addition to the titles that we reviewed; Carole P. Roman has a plethora of other titles. Many are educational titles similar to the ones we reviewed but there are also fun fiction stories. I highly suggest checking out the variety of titles to see what would appeal to your family. Which title would you like to read? You can also check out the titles we reviewed last year: Carole P. Roman Book Review. Be sure to check out the website for more information and click on the graphic below to check out the reviews from other Review Crew members.