If You Were Me and Lived In… The American West by Carole P. Roman
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Children’s Illustrated Non-Fiction
Length: Short Story (44 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 4+
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Stephanotis
Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in her exciting new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat on the Oregon Trail, the clothes you wore in in the American West, what your name could be in the 19th century, and what children did for fun once their many chores were done. If You Were Me and Lived in…does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.
This the sixth book in the If You Were Me and Lived in series, and like the previous ones, this title was just as entertaining and educating. I know the intended audience is middle grade readers, but I find myself learning something new with each book I read. For example, I had no idea that you’re never supposed to wave at another man when you’re on a horse, you simply nod and another no-no is never put on another man’s hat.
This book is once again nicely illustrated by Paula Tabor and like the other in the series, complements the text. The author gives you a sense of the hardships settlers endured to find a new way to make a living. Not only is the journey on the Oregon Trail documented in this book but also what life was like for young people once the family arrived. Readers can learn about the types of chores young pioneers did and what type of schooling they had.
If you or your child wants to learn about the settlement of the American West, this is a book to definitely check out.