If You Were Me and Lived in China by Carole P. Roman

If You Were Me and Lived in China

If You Were Me and Lived in China by Carole P. Roman
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (30 pages)
Age Recommendation: 3+
Rating: 4 stars
Review by: Mistletoe

Carole P. Roman’s award winning series has traveling again and this time it’s to East Asia to visit the People’s Republic of China. In this book, younger readers can learn about the wide variety of climate when they read about China’s vast size. They will begin their journey in China’s ancient capital, Beijing, where they will discover the Imperial Palace of the Forbidden City. Different regions of cuisine are discussed, highlighting the variety of styles and spices of food. Currency, sports, exciting tourist attractions, and a lovely description of the New Year Festivities are included in this introduction the beautiful land of China. Embraced by educators, parents, and children, the series gently and respectfully introduces the subjects of cultures and customs around the world. On “If You Were Me and Lived in…South Korea”: “Roman has proven her skill at writing children’s books with her Captain No Beard series, as well as with the other volumes in her cultural series. If you were me and lived in …South Korea uses a technique of speaking directly to the child reading or listening, similar to Laura Numeroff’s If You Give a…series. This strategy is well suited to a book about foreign cultures as it gives little imaginations a boost by helping children envision themselves growing up with customs and traditions different from the ones they’re familiar with…” Peter Dabbene ForeWord Reviews Clarion Review On “If You Were Me and Lived in…France”: “It is the simplistic and positive way that Roman,a former social studies teacher, delivers the text, that makes this series appealing-the books are short and to the point and just what you want when you’re introducing geography and culture to the youngest reading set.” Bianca Schulz-The Children’s Book review. “It is vital vital that we continue to embrace culture and learn about the history of our world neighbors. Carole P. Roman has developed a series of cultural books designed to help parents and educator take the first steps in engaging our children in a fun way of embracing other cultures.” Storytellers Campfire.

This book is a nice way to introduce different cultures to children. It is a quick and fun look at many parts of children’s lives in China. We learn about a few different things from food to language and many things in between. It’s easy to understand and is an easy way to open up discussions about the culture and the people of China.

As the title of the book states this book is an introduction to another culture, so it is only a glimpse into the Chinese world. It shows how children can be the same yet different all around the world. It gives facts about the country itself as well as the people and even includes a pronunciation guide. With easy and fun dialogue this book entertains and educates at the same time. This little book is packed full of information for readers. It was nice to see a pronunciation guide so that readers do not feel intimidated and can truly see how the actual words sound.

I like the way the book interacts with the reader. It teaches you and asks you quick little questions here and there to make it interesting for the younger readers.

If You Were Me and Lived in China is a good book to share the Chinese culture. We are Asian and this book is an easy way to show other children what our lives are like it answers many questions some children have. Whether you are young or old you should enjoy this book.

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