Review sponsored by Carole P. Roman
The Children’s Book Review | January 3, 2016
If You Were Me and Lived In … Israel: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World
Written by Carole P. Roman
Illustrated by Kelsea Wierenga
Age Range: 4-8
Paperback: 34 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2016)
What to expect: Culture, Travel, Israel, Food, Geography, Social Studies
If you travel safely to the southwestern shore of the Middle East via Carole P. Roman’s latest addition to her popular culture series, you will get a solid glimpse into what it would be like to live in Israel—a country that many religions consider the Holy Land.
Readers will visit one of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem, and receive a brief and interesting history lesson. They will learn some of the popular names that parents choose for their children, and also what they would call their parents: Ima (mommy) and Abba (daddy). Next there is a visit to the open-air market where the experience of purchasing clothing and fresh food with “shekels” is introduced. Highlights include having a soak in the Dead Sea, a visit with grandparents in the important city of Tel Aviv, and eating falafel wrapped in pita bread. Another point of interest is learning about the celebration of Purim.
Carole P. Roman’s writing is factual yet wholly inviting. Historical information is intermingled strategically with kid-centric facts and tidbits to keep the pages turning and make learning and discovering fun. The descriptions of different foods are particularly appetizing. Kelsea Wierenga’s illustrations, digital renderings that occasionally overlay photographs, provide enjoyable visuals to go along with the text.
If You Were Me and Lived In … Israel: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World is a great choice for introducing pre-k and elementary school-aged students to the country of Israel and increasing their knowledge of diverse cultures.
About The Author
Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, ERIK Award for 2013, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader’s Views Children’s Book of the Year 2013. Roman is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series, If You Were Me and Lived in… that explores customs and cultures around the world. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.
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