Tuesday, April 8, 2014

If You Were Me and Lived in ... India - Carole P. Roman

Summary:  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. The first book in the series, If You Were Me and Lived in...Mexico" received the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children's Nonfiction 2012. (Image from author, summary from goodreads.com.  A copy of this book, and of Roman's other books in the series was provided in exchange for my honest review.)

My Review:  My children are fascinated with geography and other cultures.  They always love learning about other countries, their customs, foods, and languages.  Carole P. Roman's series "If You Were Me and Lived In ... " is a wonderful series to fuel any child's curiosity about other cultures.

Roman's books are fairly formulaic, which, for a child learning to read is wonderful.  My kids loved reading where they would visit if they lived in India, and got the biggest kick out of calling my husband and me "Paaji" and "Maaji" (daddy and mommy) for days.  They loved the illustrations (I did, as well.  The pages describing Holi are especially vibrant!), the applications to how they would live if they lived in India, and I think they memorized the handy pronunciation guide in the back.  I loved that they were so excited about learning more.  Roman writes in such a way to pique a child's interest, and it left my kids hankering for more information.  In fact, they've been on my case to make curry as soon as possible! 

These are definitely a book worth checking out soon.  I would love to see them in our school library, as the information provided is presented in a timeless manner.  

My Rating:  Five Stars

1 comment:

SueFitz said...

I love theses books I've been lucky enough to get a couple for review myself


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