Carole P. Roman with Away we Go Media has written a great series of books that introduces kids to different cultures. We were excited to receive 4 books to review and were pleasantly surprised to also receive an inflatable globe, a pencil and two passports. We were sent If You Were Me and Lived in …Mexico, If you Were Me and Lived in …South Korea, If you Were Me and Lived in …France and If You Were Me and Lived in …Norway. These books are for ages Pre-K to 8 years old.
Each 8 1/2″x8 1/2″ soft cover book has 20-30 pages. The illustrations are great and very visually appealing. These books take your student to each country, where they learn about the capital city, customs, what parents are called, sites, money, holidays, sports, food and many other words in the language spoken in that country. There are many neat facts included for each country, like how many steps are on Chichen Itza, a Mayan Temple in Mexico. Also, why the Eiffel Tower is called the Eiffel Tower in France. Did you know that there is a hotel in Norway that is made completely out of ice and snow?
We started making “Continent Boxes” this year. I’ve gathered resources for each country and stored them together. The kids are getting a better idea of each continent this way. These book were a great addition to our boxes. Each day that we would read a “If you Lived In” book we would locate that country on the globe first. Then name the continent it was in, then read through the book. My kids really enjoyed the stories and thought they talked about things that they were interested in. After reading the book, we looked at the globe again and talked about what we learned and what we knew about what’s around that country.
My kids have really had many great geography lessons this year and these books were a great addition. I hope more books come out in this series to add to our collection. The only things that I would change is where the pronunciations are in the book. They on the very last page. As it is nice to have them all together, I struggled through the words as I read the story. I would have liked to have them on each page when that word was used. As I read through the books again, I did catch on a little more each time.
Carole Roman is an award winning author and formal Social Studies teacher. She does have other books available on her website . Her first series is Captain No Beard that deals with dyslexia, compromise, sharing and leadership. Her second series is a fun and educational approach to Yoga.
The first three books in this series are available at Amazon in Kindle format for $.99 each and in paperback for $8.99 each. The newest book in the series, If You Were Me and Lived in… Norway… is $1.99 on Kindle or is listed for $10.79 in paperback.
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