We have been a fan of Carole P. Roman and her books for a few years now! All of the books we have by her have a permanent spot on our bookshelf. Carole P. Roman books and collections are an easy way to learn more about different locations or just get lost in a new story..
We picked out three books this time, our favorites are the If You Were Me and Lived In… series. They have it split between Cultural and Historical. We usually break it up between the two.
The first book I picked was If You Were Me and Lived In…Hungary. There was a definite reason why I picked this one! My grandpa’s family is from Hungary!
These Cultural series are great for younger children, but we love them just as much for our teens. It is a great starting point to learn more!
These books start out the same, with an ‘If you were me…”, hence the title of the book. But this book suggests where you might live in Hungary, what your parents might call you, and what you would say for various English words in Hungarian.
This book shows and talks about different locations that are popular, foods that people eat, as well as other things that make Hungary interesting. One thing I had to laugh about was that it talked about the inventor of the Rubik’s Cube being Hungarian. Back in elementary school one of my friends swore up and down that her dad invented it and I know for a fact he isn’t from Hungary. I don’t know how I remembered that, but it made me chuckle.
There are pronunciation helps throughout the story as well as a guide in the back of the book. The story itself is only about 24 pages since it is for younger kids.
Our next book that I picked out was If You Were Me and Lived In…The American West. This book goes so well since we are studying American History in school this year. We haven’t gotten to this point in our studies yet, but they obviously know about this part in history anyway. I think we will bring the book out again later!
This book is part of the Historical series. They are almost like the cultural ones, but made for older kids. This book is 43 pages and there are more words on each page. Just goes into more detail of the story.
Ohio was the starting point for this family and they made their way to Oregon. It’s always kind of funny when we read these books as the kids always call themselves the suggested names and substitute themselves in the story.. So for this story, Kyle was Clarence and Lauren was Minerva.
This book went into detail on what foods and items they brought with them on the wagon, different things they saw, and how life was once they got to Oregon. I really enjoy how they write it so it is easy to understand.
At the end of this book there is a glossary and then a couple pages on famous people from the American West.
The last book I picked out was If You Were Me and Lived In…the Ancient Mali Empire. I chose this book just randomly since I really didn’t know much about this area at all and thought it would be fun and different from my other choices!
Right off the bat I learned that Mali means hippopotamus in the Mandika language.. I am always fascinated at how places get their names, even in the United States!
This story is the longest of the three at about 60 pages! It really goes into detail of her life! Her family was an important one, so it was interesting to read about! It talked about religion and how things were so very different than what we experience now!
At the end of this book is another glossary and then quite a few pages of famous people in the Mali Empire. I am thinking of putting this in our studies next year somehow…I haven’t gotten that far yet though. But we will definitely be bringing this one out again!
One of the fantastic things about this book are the illustrations. Carole does such a wonderful job telling the story, but the illustrations go with each book perfectly!
Some books use real images in the background with the illustrations on top, some are more of a cartoon style, some are made with what looks like chalk. But each kind of illustration fits the story that is being told. It is one of the things that I look forward to with each book.
You really can’t go wrong with these books. If you use them in your homeschool, or just keep them at home to look at with your kids, they are just great books! Younger kids will love the story books that she writes!
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