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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World (Carole P. Roman Book Reviews)

Welcome to Todays book Review. I was recently approached by Away We Go Media about Reviewing More of Carole P. Roman's books. Since introduced to the series in November 2013 I have been in love with these wonderful , educational books. At that time I was able to review If You Were Me and Lived in .... North Korea, Norway, Mexico and France.

Today I want to introduce to you a few more of her books (in Paperback)  in the series.

If You Were Me and Lived In .... Portugal - $8.99
If You Were Me and Lived In.... Australia - $8.99If You Were Me and Lived In... India- $.8.99If You Were Me and Lived In...  Russia -$8.91

Carole P. Roman is a former teacher and businesswoman. She runs a family business with her husband. At this time she loves being a grandmother to her grandchildren and currently lives in Long Island. She has received several awards for her book. Including the Pinnacle Award in 2013 for the Best in Children's Non-Fiction for the book "If You Were Me and Lived In... Mexico."  The book "If You Were Me and Lived in ... France" is a finalist in the Foreword Review Best of Juvenile Non Fiction. What a wonderful accomplishment. It is so exciting to see that these books are being recognized.

The first I'd like to share with you is IF You Were Me and Lived In... Australia

The Book begins with a outline of Australia and continues with a little bit of mapping information. The kids can then check on their world maps and locate the country we are about to learn about.

You will Begin to immerse yourself in the culture and learn common names of children that live there. Finding out that Mummy isn't a person in a tomb but the name of your mom!

You get to go on a journey visiting various areas of interest such as the Market and Great Barrier Reef. You will learn about the most popular sports, about favorite foods and Celebrations of this particular area.

The book is 23 pages in length and is for Young Elementary children. In the very back of the book you will find the proper pronunciations of various words in the book.  Parents you might want to test yourself on these first before you read to your child.
(All of the books have this feature.)
The next place we were able to visit in our Cultures book was Portugal. 

The Portugal book begins just as the other one with mapping. Each one of her books are set up in very similar fashion, which is great for comparing the difference in the areas you visit. We made a chart of each of the areas and filled in the information as we found it. It gave my child a nice comparison.

In Portugal you will visit the Capital City Lisbon and Azores (a volcanic island) Just as the other book you will learn children's names for this area , delve in to the types of foods they eat, the sports they play and the celebrations that are celebrated.

The Portugal Carnevale photos reveal the people in costumes. I have a tub in our attic of fun masks and costumes so we dressed up after we read about this custom.

My sister in law is from Russia . I hope to show her this book and see what she thinks of it when she comes to visit.

My young children found this one most interesting because they have family from this area. Their cousins chat with them via facebook. We learn in our book that Russia is famous for being cold. Perhaps why our cousins love to visit in the summer and head to the beach. We get to see the beautiful buildings and capital city of Moscow.

The drawings in our book are childlike but accurate and endearing. The kids love how colorful the pages are of these books. The colors draw them in.

The children learn many of the same things as the other books and can compare them to their chart... Food , celebrations, sports, and famous landmarks.

My kids intently learned some of the language. So much fun.

The fourth book I was given is on India. I have always had a fascination with this county.


We again begin with mapping and the Capital, New Delhi. We learn all about the culture by exploring the names of mom and dad, the food they like to eat, the sports they play and the celebrations.

How we used it...

I read these to my younger crowd ages 4 and 8. It was a bit of a reach for my 8 year old as these seem fit more for little ones. In Kindergarten my kids take a trip around the world and learn all about different cultures. My 4 year old isn't quite ready for that yet but it was a nice introduction to it for next year. Some ideas to go with this ...

*Make some of the foods mentioned. I am sure you can find the recipes online.

* Color a map as you read about each area. The area usually is a specific color in the book. For example India is Orange so we might color that area Orange on our map. We could use thumb tacks to mark it . Another thought is to Velcro laminated paper car and move it around the world as we travel.

* Dress up and act our their celebrations.

* Make models of the landmarks.

 * Make a paper doll of a child from that area. Including the sort of clothes they wear and you can use one of the names of the children and name your doll.

* Make a graph and compare the countries.

There are so many things you can do with these great book. So pack your bags and lets get exploring.

My thoughts:

I have to say that I am so grateful for being able to review these books. I was asked to choose one and was sent four. You are very generous thank you to Away we Go Media. I can't wait for more. I have been saving things for our study next year and will show you more of what we are doing with these when the time comes. (I thought we would be doing that this year but found My K student needs another year in Preschool)  Until then I will be searching for ideas to go with these books so we can visit the world.

Warm Blessings,



I received a Free copy of all three of these books from Away We go Media in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are mine or those of my family. I am posting this in accordance with FTC Regulations.


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