Author: Carole P. Roman
Publication Date: June 14, 2013
Publisher: Independent – CreateSpace
Recommended Age: 3+
Carole P. Roman takes you on a journey this time to Asia, landing in South Korea. Once again, children can learn how life is like for young people on the other side of the globe. From food to famous landmarks, they will learn that’s it’s easy to find something in common with people in different countries.
Sneak Peek Into the Book
My Thoughts: I have been reading across the blogosphere laments about the lack of diversity in children’s picture books, so it was quite opportunistic when I came across the new educational picture book series, If You Were Me and Lived in … by Carole P. Roman. I have had the pleasure of reading one of the books in the series, If You Were Me and Lived in … South Korea, but there are two other books in the series (Mexico and France). I must admit that almost all of the information contained in the book was completely new to me, so I can say without reservation that parents are just as likely as their children to learn something about different cultures through these books.
I was very impressed with the diversity of topics covered in this book. The book begins by showing where South Korea is located on the globe so that children can identify its geographical location. The book then goes on to describe various aspects of the South Korean culture including specific foods, language, currency, language, landmarks, activities, holidays, and more. Importantly, the amount of information is not overwhelming. On the contrary, it is succinct and to the point. For example, here is the introduction of a couple Korean words:
When you call your mommy, you would say Omma. When you address your father, his name would be Appa.
The illustrations are detailed and colourful and seem perfectly suited to the text. The pictures all centre around two Korean children, a young brother and sister, and their family which includes a younger sibling, their mother, father, grandmother, and grandfather. The pictures show the two children living their day-to-day life in South Korea as the text introduces readers to basic elements of their culture. There are short paragraphs accompanying the pictures so I think even young readers’ attention will be maintained throughout.
My Bottom Line: If You Were Me and Lived in … South Korea is a fun and educational book centred around the exploration of various aspects of a specific culture from the perspective of a child. All the books in the series feature colourful, kid-friendly illustrations to accompany the short and concise descriptions of South Korean food, language, holidays, and more. I highly recommend this non-fiction series to parents, grandparents, librarians, and teachers who wish to introduce cultural diversity to children aged 3 years and older.
More Buzz About the Book
“The cover is perfect, the children adorable, and the information about their lives very well written. I liked the way the story words were printed in white over a dark green surface with the picture on the other side. As I expected the illustrations were great and of course brought the story to life. You will also find a list of some words and how to say them on the back page. I can just see children giving this a try, and I’m sure they will. All in all, this series, and this book, would be a great addition to any children’s reading world.” ~ 5 Stars, Shirley P. J., Amazon
“I subscribed my children to Little Passports world edition and we are spending our summer learning about so many places around the world. Carole’s books are an excellent addition to our studies and learning process. These books have just enough interesting information to entertain children but not so much that they will shy away thinking it is too much work. I call it their accidental learning. If you have not read any of these books with your children you should consider it. They are awesome and entertaining.” ~ 5 Stars, Athena, L. N., Amazon
“Reading about South Korea, I didn’t know much more than the kids, and I’m pleased to say that the book totally held everyone’s attention. I appreciate that the information is manageable and not overwhelming, so that kids can remember it. The book also makes the information relevant to their lives by talking about daily activities. The overall message that kids take away from this series is that there may be different words for things, and certain things like food may look different, but basically children and people are the same all over the world. I’m looking forward to more countries!” ~ 5 Stars, Jenny B., Amazon
About The Author: Carole P. Roman
Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born. It has followed with four more books to the series. Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has also written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.
She has just finished the first of six books in a groundbreaking new nonfiction series about culture around the world. “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.
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