Review sponsored by Carole P. Roman
The Children’s Book Review | July 29, 2015
If You Were Me and Lived in … China: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World
Written by Carole P. Roman
Illustrated by Kelsea Wierenga
Age Range: 4 – 8
Paperback: 30 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2015)
What to expect: China, Chinese Words, Places, Language, Food, Culture
The IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN… picture book series is a great choice for any child that has ever wondered what it is like to live in another country. In award-winning author Carole P. Roman’s latest installment, young readers get to experience the hustle and bustle and beauty of China, or, as it is officially named, the People’s Republic of China.
With her background as a social studies teacher, Roman selects important and culturally appealing facts to share with the intended audience of elementary school aged kids. China has a lot going on, so there is plenty of factual information to take in: population, climates, language, historic sites, multiple cooking styles, and the Chinese New Year, to name a few. The informative essentials are presented in short matter-of-fact sentences that are easy to digest. Text fills one side of every double-page spread and is offset by a multi-media illustration that offers visual hints of the cultural experience one could expect if they were, indeed, in China.
As in all of the books in the series, Roman does a nice job of posing questions to the reader. This provides the reader with an opportunity to go deeper into the text and really imagine himself or herself in China. The extensive glossary is another way that the readers can immerse themselves in the cultural experience—pronunciation and meaning allow for greater understanding and additional fun that can last beyond one reading session. The only thing that could improve a story time session of this book would be following up with a delicious fried ice cream from a great Chinese restaurant.
If You Were Me and Lived In … China is an easy read and a fun way to introduce the People’s Republic of China to children.
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About the Author
Carole P. Roman is the award winning author of the nonfiction If You Were Me and Lived in… series of children’s books. The first title in the collection, If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico, won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Nonfiction in 2012. If You Were Me and Lived in…Russia and If You Were Me and Lived in…France were finalists in the Indie Fab Foreword Review Book of the Year. Norway and South Korea have also been named as Book of the Year with Rebecca’s Reads and Children’s Reader’s View Book of the Year. Roman has also found success with her Captain No Beard children’s books. Her debut, Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life, was named a Kirkus Best of 2012, received a Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award in 2012. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and very near her children.
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