Review sponsored by Carole P. Roman
The Children’s Book Review | April 17, 2017
Written by Carole P. Roman
Illustrated by Paula Tabor
Age Range: 8-12
Paperback: 66 Pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2017)
What to expect: Mayan Empire, Civilization
Are you ready to travel back in time to the year 572? If you are, you’ll learn all kinds of interesting things about the Mayan Empire. Readers get to insert themselves into this non-fiction book to imagine what it would have been like to live during the Mayan civilization.
Thanks to the fact that the Mayans were the only ancient American society with a written account of their history, award-winning author Carole P. Roman has a lot to share about the people that once lived on the Yucatan Peninsula. From carefully chosen names, careers, housing, worship, family life, cuisine and cooking, farming, attire, language, slavery, and status, each page is chock full of educational information. The end pages detail some of the Mayan’s most important contributions to the world—they were incredible mathematicians and they also mapped the nights skies without the aid of a telescope—as well as some of the most well known Mayan warriors, leaders, and royalty.
Due to the informational delivery of text, Roman remembers to stop and ask the reader questions and this establishes a connection with the words and engages the reader in the educational experience. She has selected a large font which helps spread the information across the pages and prevents overloading the reader with too many facts per page. She also introduces a new illustrator to the If You Were Me and Lived In … series: Paula Tabor’s digital illustrations are often overlaid on photographs and are a very similar style to what fans of this growing book series are used to with Kelsea Wienrenga’s artwork. Every page has artwork to set the scene and bring Roman’s writing and the Mayan Empire to life.
If You Were Me and Lived In … The Mayan Empire is a great choice for classroom and book report studies.
About Carole P. Roman
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, IAN Award, Moonbeam Award 2014, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist, Shelf Media Outstanding Series Award, 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 has co-authored a self help book, Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.
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