Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
My kids love books. One of our favorite places to visit is the libary, and recently my son just asked me if you could go on a trip with his friends. Do you know where he wanted to go? He really wants to visit a special event in the Twin Cities revolving around books. This is why our family was very excited to get the opportunity to review Carol P. Roman’s Assorted Series by author Carol P. Roman. Here is what we found…
A Little Bit About Carol P. Roman
Carol P. Roman is an award winning author. She has written several beloved children’s series, as well as other books including titles for adult audiences. Her children’s books make a wonderful addition to any home library, as they are full of learning and adventure.
A Little Bit About Carol P. Roman’s Assorted Series
Carol P. Roman’s Assorted Series contains over 50 children’s books, so there is a lot to choose from. Whether your children love to learn about other cultures, other times in history, or just be entertained by princesses and pirates, there is a book that is sure to please. Some of the options include, Captain No Beard, If You Were Me And Lived In, If You Were Me And Lived In…Historical Series, and Oh Susannah-Early Reader and Coloring Book.
There are so many book to choose from in Carol P. Roman’s Assorted Series. We were generously provided four books from the If You Were Me And Lived In… series to review, so this post will focus on just those titles. If you would like to learn more about other titles, I encourage you to read the other posts by the Review Crew at the link provided below.
If You Were Me And Lived In… Mexico
My middle school son is currently studying Spanish and is even thinking about becoming a Spanish teacher. He was pretty excited to be able to review this book especially. However, he was a little disappointed, because it is fairly clear that this book is meant for younger children in probably up to 3rd grade. He was hoping for some of the book to be in Spanish with the English equivelant in parenthesis. Maybe a suggestion for future books?
However, he was impressed with the illustrations and how the book was told from the perspective of someone living in Mexico. Younger children will love learning about the food, passtimes, and culture of Mexico. This book would be a great addition to an early elementary social studies or world cultures curriculum. This book may also help bridge the age gap between siblings that are in different grade levels but learning about the Spanish culture at the same time.
If You Were Me And Lived In… France
My budding Spanish teacher also loves France, and would love to visit someday. Much like the Mexico version of this series, the France version walks the reader through a virtual tour as if you were actually there with a friend. My son liked this book a lot, and he thought there were more words in French. This may be because he doesn’t know really any French words so it seemed like there were more.
Again, this book is meant for a younger audience, so if you have an early elementary student, I would encourage you to check it out. You could even make French pasteries or visit the “boulangerie” or bakery to try some samples.
If You Were Me And Lived In… Norway
Do you have anyone in your house that just loves Anna and Elsa? Well then you don’t want to miss the Norway book in this series. Although the beloved characters do not make an appearance in this book, your child will learn more about the Norwegian culture, foods, and celebrations. Carol P. Roman does a wonderful job of immersing kids into Norwegian life.
Your family may even want to celebrate Syttende Mai on May 7th, which commemorates the signing of the Norwegian constitution. We are lucky enough to have an old world Norwegian village nearby, and a visit this summer just may be in order. Now we will know some Norwegian words to share when we go.
If You Were Me And Lived In… Russia
Our daughters are from Ukraine, and since Russia neighbors Ukraine, a lot of the traditions and customs are similar. My older daughter had fun listening about the traditions she remembers such as the Matryoshka dolls or eating borscht (her favorite soup). This book has a lot more information and is quite a bit longer than the other titles we reviewed. I actually believe that this book could be for older children as well, as there are a lot more Russian words to learn.
Seth (age 14)
“I think that the Carol P. Roman books are great as an introduction to international cultures for young learners. Although, I do think they could have included more information.”
“These books are wonderful to help lower elementary children develop an appreciation for the various countries and cultures of the world. They are colorful and written in an easy to understand manner. It would be great to see a similar series for older children.”
Review Crew Thoughts…
You don’t have to take our word for it though. Other Review Crew families have also been working very hard to bring you a great review. Since each family was given different Carol P. Roman books to review, I highly recommend you check out all the Review Crew reviews!
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