If You Were Me and Lived in…Italy: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World by Carole P Roman
Publisher: Self Published
Length: 30 pages
Age Recommendations: 4+
Rating: 4.5 stars
Review by: Honeysuckle
Join Carole P. Roman as she visits the Republic of Italy. Learn what it is like to live in Rome, see the famous architecture, celebrate a favorite holiday and discover popular names for both boys and girls. Be fascinated with it’s diverse and rich history and colorful traditions. On the way, you might learn a word or two in Italian!
A delightfully illustrated walk through the Italian countryside.
Ms. Roman has created a kid friendly way to introduce children to other lands and cultures. The language is on a comfortable level for early readers without being too juvenile. This would be good books for older siblings to read to their younger counterparts.
I liked how Ms. Roman interspersed bits of the Italian language into words and phrases that would be familiar to most children such as titles for parents and grandparents. Also, she utilizes simple questions along with colorful illustrations to involve the reader in the journey.
In this walk through Italy, the reader is exposed to historical facts, local fare and ways other children spend their free time. Children will be impressed that while they may sound and look different, they really aren’t so different from children in other countries. It might even inspire a child to further their education to learn more of the language or to travel.
The illustrations are nicely done in this story. Real life depictions of the Rome are included along with the drawn figures. The children on the cover represent how the children of that region would look in skin color and clothing.
Parents who have inquisitive children asking questions about other cultures should give this series a try. It’s educational without being overwhelming.