Monday, March 26

If You Were Me & Lived In.... {Review}

 I love finding a good read-aloud book about what the kids are interested in and curling up on the couch for an evening together. When we saw some read-alouds coming our way to review from Carole P. Roman, we were excited…new books! One of the first things we noticed about these books was how well-illustrated they are….the bright colors and vivid pictures are very engaging!

We received three books from the Carole P. Roman books and collections, including If You Were Me and Lived in…Ancient Mali, Colonial America, and the American West. These books help children to understand other cultures and historical eras. They’re told from a child’s point of view, are fairly easy reads, and are full of fantastic facts and illustrations. The books cover food, clothing, daily routines, family, celebrations, jobs, and school. Each book ends with definitions and ideas for further learning. They are most appropriate for children aged 8-15, and are great conversation starters among older children!
Books include text, illustration, famous people, and a glossary of terms

If You Were Me and Lived in…Colonial America
The book begins with the Mayflower voyage and follows the pilgrims through their hardships. The descriptions are fabulous for helping to feel like you’re right there with the children narrating the story! It covers some notable people of the era, such as Miles Standish, John Smith, and Pocahontas, as well as many others. At the end of the story are suggestions for further reading and discovery. While it’s not anywhere near Thanksgiving, we pulled out some of our Thanksgiving resources to use with this one. Also, we stumbled upon the blog that accompanies this book, and it includes additional resources like worksheets, coloring pages, and more. It’s perfect for using this book as a jumping-off point for a complete unit study!

If You Were Me and Lived in…Ancient Mali
The book talks of how Mali broke off from Ghana to form its own country, and includes many of the country’s traditions. We learn about traditional clothing and walk the road to Mecca, learning about culture and geography of the region. There are crafts and trades featured in the book as the characters barter for trade, and there is a comprehensive glossary at the end. The boys were surprised to find out that Timbuktu was a real place, and I was surprised at how much I, the teacher, did NOT know about this country! I have to admit that we had nothing here to add to the book…it definitely pointed out a hole in my curriculum that I will be working to fill in the upcoming months…but we’ve already learned quite a bit just from reading this. For these reasons, this was our favorite book.

If You Were Me and Lived in…the American West
While many things come to mind when I think of the American West, this book focuses primarily on the Oregon Trail. It follows the children who traveled west during the Great Migration of 1843, and covers daily life, geography, clothing, jobs, food, famous people, and a glossary of terms. We re-visited our Oregon Trail trip while reading this one.

Captain No Beard
Another series by Carole P. Roman is the Captain No Beard series. This series is most appropriate for children aged 3-8, and each book focuses on a specific character trait.

In Being a Captain is Hard Work, the captain learns that he must listen to the other crew members in order to be a better leader. I have to be honest here and say that this story did not go at all like we thought it would…it seemed at first like a parable for trusting God, and then at the very end, turned into the captain needing to listen to his crew. It was a strange twist for us.

In the past, we have also checked out the Cultural Series, learning about places like Australia and China.  These are a great way to introduce geography in a Charlotte Mason-esque manner.  They are appropriate for children aged 8-15, but can be appreciated by younger children as well.

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