If You Were Me and Lived In…Ancient China by Carole P. Roman
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Children’s Illustrated Non Fiction Book
Length: Short Story (69 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 5+
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Stephanotis
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.
This the seventh book in the If You Were Me and Lived in… series that I’ve reviewed and this one focuses on the Han Dynastry in Ancient China. Mateya Arkova is the illustrator and once again her drawings pair perfectly with Ms. Roman’s words. I have to admit I haven’t read many books on the history of China so this one gave me an easy to read introduction (and therefore would be ideal for a child too).
This particular book covers topics like silk and how important it was to the Chinese economy. The different levels of professions and the importance of colors and numbers to the people of China. I like the way the author always introduces either a boy or girl character who leads the reader through the story and shows what life was like for a young person, showing the reader what they ate, how they dressed and what they studied at school.
Another interesting title that I recommend you check out.