Carole P. Roman’s If You Were Me and Lived in…the Ancient Mali Empire

I received this book courtesy of Mrs. Roman for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Overview: Crank up the time machine. This time, we’re heading to the middle ages in the Mali Empire. What will we learn this time around.

Story Telling: We have a historical culture book.

Artwork: We have the watercolor illustrations this time around.

Dislikes: Here’s the thing, I understand that people want to believe that, as a whole, humanity is intrinsically good. However, when the root of a belief system is–what most of the people would call–sinful, then the adherents aren’t going to be, shall we say, open to other belief systems.

Likes: We got a glossary at the end of the book.

Conclusion: This is a hard book to read. I don’t mean the word choices, or difficulty to understand. I’m talking about the subject matter itself. Do your own research, and maybe you need a Higher Power’s help with discernment. It does make for a good conversation starter.


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