Carole P. Roman’s If You Were Me and Lived In…the Mayan Empire

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Overview: Let’s kick off the time machine. This time we’re heading to the Mayan Empire. What are we going to learn on this trip?

Story Telling: Once again, we have a historical cultural book.

Artwork: We get more realistic looking illustrations.

Likes: Somehow, Mrs. Roman kept the violence of the Mayans out of this book.

Conclusion: This is a decent starter book for Southern and Central America. However, wait until your children are older to continue the lessons.

Carole P. Roman’s If You Were Me and Lived In…Germany

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Overview: It’s time to start a new journey. We’re on our way to one of the crown jewels of the European Union. What will Germany teach us on this trip?

Story Telling: Once again, we have a cultural travelogue.

Artwork: We have a mix-media platform with this book. The illustrations are mixed with photography.

Likes: We still have the pronunciation key. Also, the words are rather easy to pronounce, this time. That’s always a benefit.

Conclusion: This was an interesting book. Enjoy it wit your little ones.

Carole P. Roman’s If You Were Me and Lived on…Mars

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Overview: Are you ready for a new series? This series is taking us off planet. Let’s visit the red planet. What can we see here?

Story Telling: This is more of a scientific travelogue. At least, that’s what I would call it.

Artwork: These illustrations seem to be more pastels with watercolors. They have a good smoky look.

Dislikes: Why is it every time a book is supposed to be educational, we lose the fun? You can learn while having fun. In fact, you can learn better when you are having fun.

Likes: Um, some of the facts were interesting. Knowing the source of the names is something the literary-minded will enjoy.

Conclusion: This book is definitely for the budding astronomer. Enjoy it with your future astronauts.

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

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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.

Carole P. Roman’s If You Were Me and Lived In…Israel

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Overview: It’s time for a trip. This one is taking us to the near-universally-acclaimed Holy Land. What will we learn here?

Story Telling: We get another cultural travelogue for the little ones.

Artwork: We get illustrations crossed with photography this time around.

Likes: We still get the glossary, and pronunciation key. Also, it my just be due to how many Yiddish-inspired words have filtered into English, but this one wasn’t so hard to read.

Conclusion: This was an interesting book. Enjoy it with your travelers.

Carole P. Roman’s One to Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day

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Overview: Squirrel lost her acorns on her way home. Can her friend Rabbit help her put this problem into perspective?

Story Telling: We get another children’s book, this one focuses on putting problems into perspective.

Artwork: Our illustrations are bright and stylized. This time they play a key role to the story.

Dislikes: My problem with this book is more with the one to ten approach. It never fails to tell the child that his or her rating isn’t accurate. That if somebody doesn’t agree with your rating, then you have to change it. In my opinion, the only reason you should change such a rating is if you revisit the problem later with more information. If you wish to use the one to ten approach, why not use it as a lesson in empathy, compassion or sympathy? After all, isn’t it better to teach that what is a ten to someone else may not reach that level for you, but your friend, parent, sibling, or family member was crushed by it anyway and he or she could use your support?

Likes: Friendship did play a big role in this story.

Conclusion: This strikes me as a book, that if read should be discussed and used as a talking point. I hope you find it useful.

Carole P. Roman’s If You Were Me and Lived in…Poland

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Overview: I would say something exciting about Poland for the opening here, but the only thing I know about the place is a little bit of World War II history, and that’s where one of the more recent Popes originated from. This might be an interesting trip.

Story Telling: We get a cultural travelogue for children again.

Artwork: We get a mix of photography and comic book drawings.

Likes: We get some basic words, for the culture, and the pronunciation key.

Dislikes: You might have a bit of a problem with some of the words. This is a harder book, because of the Polish language.

Conclusion: This was and interesting book. Enjoy it with your little ones.

Carole P. Roman’s If You Were Me and Lived In…Viking Europe

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Overview: The time machine is running again. This time, we are returning to the medieval ages. We’ll be seeing the Vikings’ point-of-view. What can we learn from this trip?

Story Telling: This is another historical culture book aimed at children.

Artwork: Our illustrations look like a mix of comic book and watercolor styles this time around.

Likes: I don’t know how she managed it, but Mrs. Roman was able to talk about the Vikings without either ignoring their darkness, nor terrorizing the children. It’s impressive.

Dislikes: The language was pretty hard to read. You very well might have heard some of these names before, but hearing and reading are two different things.

Conclusion: This is an interesting book. My usual admonishment of doing your own homework applies, but in this case I would strongly caution against letting the younger members of the family join you. This age of history was pretty gory.

Carole P. Roman’s If You Were Me and Lived In…Brazil

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Overview: Our travels are taking us to one of the nations that are home to the Amazon River. It just happens to be the home of the next Olympic Games as well. Welcome to Brazil.

Story Telling: This is another cultural travelogue.

Artwork: We mix realistic illustrations with photography in this book.

Likes: We still have the basic words and their pronunciations.

Conclusion: This series is interesting, and some of the basic words didn’t seem too rough. Enjoy it with your travelers.

Carole P. Roman’s If You Were Me and Lived In…Ancient China

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Overview: We are going really far back in time on this trip. This time we’re heading for China during the Han Dynasty.

Story Telling: It’s still a historical culture book. Research it as you go.

Artwork: We get a colorful form of manga illustration here.

Likes: Some of the ideas and situations were quite amusing.

Dislikes: Obviously some people were more equal than others in this country.

Conclusion: These books are a good way to jump-start your travelers’ curiosity, but make sure you do your own homework.