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  • Felicia Mollohan

Carole P. Roman Book Review

Book? Do you love books? I just can't get enough. We go to the library almost every week so that our boys can get more books. We were privileged to be able to receive some books from Carole P. Roman. We received "If You Were Me and Lived on...Mars", "If You Were Me and Lived in...Viking Europe", "If You Were Me and Lived In...The Mayan Empire", "If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient Greece", and "If You Were Me and Lived In...China".

These are really great books! I was so glad that they were all non-fiction books. I love having my boys read books when they can learn something as well.

I gave this first book to our 13 year old. He loves all things that have to do with mythology and Greece, so I thought it would be great for him. He told me his thoughts on the book and I've written them below.

If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient Greece

It's a pretty good book. It's probably for the age group of 6-11 year olds. It is about the mythology and the lifestyle of the people in Ancient Greece. There was a lot about the family. If you were a very wealthy family, your family would go into another room and eat with only one hand. That seemed strange. He questioned Demeter being Mother Earth. He thought that it was Gaia. As he was reading, he learned that the people of Ancient Greece were vegetarians, eating bread, cheese, berries, olives, and nuts, until it was a special event. He was surprised that Heracles was included in the book because he wasn't a god, but he was considered mythology. There are greek words like "oikos" which means "house". He liked the drawings on the side of the pages. He was impressed with the book (which says a lot, trust me). He said, "They did their research".

If You Were Me and Lived in...China

About a month and a half ago, I started working online as a teacher. I teacher English to children in China. Ever since then, our youngest has been interested in China and what they are like there. This book came at a good time! I had him read it on his own. He learned that they used to think that there were evil spirits so they would do a dance with a fake dragon. He, of course, had to show me the picture! He also liked the Chinese words (he couldn't pronounce most of them) that were included. This was a "duh" moment for me as a teacher because I guess that I never taught him about if there is a word and then something in parentheses next to it, it's probably a pronunciation guide. So I used that as a teaching moment to make him aware of that. I appreciate that about these books. They have pronunciation guides to help read those longer words.

If You Were Me and Lived In...The Mayan Empire

I read this book to our 3rd grader. He said that it was interesting! We had some pretty good conversation about some of the things in this book. For one, women not very respected. He didn't like that. He thought that it was weird that the women would do so much work, but not get credit for it and were still mistreated. Another thing that he questioned was the work situation. If your father was a pot maker or farmer, that would be the kid's job for when they grew up. He didn't think that it was fair that they didn't have a choice to what their job would be when they grew up.

If You Were Me and Lived on...Mars

This is another book that I read to our 3rd grader. He was astonished that one of the mountains on Mars was 3x taller than Mount Everest. He said, "So that is like 3 of Mount Everests?" "Yep!" He learned that he would have to take several checkups to be able to go to Mars. I asked him if he would like to go to Mars some day and he said, "I would not like to go to Mars. I would like to stay on Earth. I would need to see all of America before I do that." Funny kid!

If You Were Me and Lived in...Viking Europe My husband calls me a Viking sometimes because my ancestors came from Norway, so I found it interesting that the Vikings were known by different names. If they were traveling on their ship, they were called Vikings. If they were at home tending their farms, they were called Scandinavians. But, if they moved and settled in foreign lands, they were called Norsemen. I'm not sure I would do well as a Viking. They would have up to 30 people living in their home. That didn't count for the animals that lived in there as well. For this introverted mom, that's not much "alone time".

All of these books were really interesting and were written from the perspective as if you were living there. I think that helps to engage the reader better. These will definitely be kept in our shelf so that we will be able to pull them out when one of our lessons mentions something from these.

We were really happy to be able to receive "If You Were Me and Lived on...Mars", "If You Were Me and Lived in...Viking Europe", "If You Were Me and Lived In...The Mayan Empire", "If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient Greece", and "If You Were Me and Lived In...China" from Carole P. Roman.

Carole P. Roman has so many other books that are available. You have got to go read some of the other wonderful reviews to find out more about them!

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