The Children’s Book Review | October 3, 2016
Written by Carole P. Roman
Illustrated by Kelsea Wierenga
Age Range: 5-8
Paperback: 38 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2016)
What to expect: Culture, Travel, Poland, Food, Geography, Social Studies
Are you ready to explore beautiful Poland with renowned author Carole P. Roman? If you answer yes, get ready to wander through an underground city completely carved from rock salt, discover music from a world famous composer and legends about mermaids, and eat potato filled pockets of dough known as pierogi. If You Were Me and Lived in … Poland: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World is a wonderful blend of daily activities and histories, providing a multi-faceted look into how a child’s life could be if they were to live in this culturally rich European nation.
Carole P. Roman does a great job of selecting fascinating facts to share with young readers. Geographical and historical details are intertwined with cultural specifics about food, music, sports, toys, and even popular names that could be given to a child if they were born in Poland. And here’s something that all kids will enjoy learning about: in Poland, children have a special day dedicated just to them and it takes place every June 1st.
Roman invites readers to guess the meaning of Polish words that are sprinkled throughout the pages and the included pronunciation guide is very helpful. Kelsea Wierenga’s mixed-media illustrations help children guess and understand the meaning behind the words. Wierenga’s mixture of photographs with overlaying digital artwork helps create a visual experience that brings the history and culture of Poland together.
If You Were Me and Lived in … Poland: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World is a solid first look suitable for elementary school children. Homeschooling parents, teachers, and travelling enthusiasts will enjoy reading this to kids and will certainly find joy in using it as a stepping stone into more cultural activities specific to Poland and beyond. Now, who’s ready to really visit Poland? We are, thanks to this educational book.
About Carole P. Roman
Carole P. Roman is the award winning author of the nonfiction series of children’s books, If You Were Me and Lived in … . 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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