• Felicia Mollohan

Carole P. Roman Books and Collections Review

Updated: Jul 5

We were given another wonderful opportunity from the author Carole P. Roman to review more of her children's books and collections. We enjoyed the book that we received last year and this year was no different. I let our third grader choose which books that he wanted to read. There are so many wonderful books that he had a difficult time choosing. He finally was able to choose and then was so excited for them to arrive.

I don't know if you all know this, but he has a stuttering problem, like his mama. He has a difficult time reading aloud because of this. We are working through this to help him feel more comfortable with his speaking. He also gets overwhelmed if pages have too many words on a page.

Enter Carole P. Roman's children books. I decided to use these books as our Reading lessons for a few days. They were wonderful! The illustrations are so colorful and really bring the story to life. The words are written so that he can understand them and understand what is going on. We took turns reading aloud to each other. Sometimes we would each read a page while on other pages we would read every other sentences.

The first book that he wanted to read was called Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles. This is our first time with any of the Fribbet the Frog books and we both want to read more. In this story, Fribbet is worried about all of changes that were happening at home. There are a lot of tadpoles at home and he doesn't quite know what to do. The crew of the Flying Dragon comfort and help Fribbet understand how wonderful it is to have siblings. Something that I liked about this book is how they put pictures of the frog's life cycle. My son noticed this and we were able to talk about how frogs grow. This book has a twist at the end that I don't want to tell you about. Just know that I love how they made this applicable to the reader's real life.

If You Were Me and Lived In...Egypt: A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World was the second book that he wanted to read. I was surprised that he picked this book, but he said that he wanted to learn about Egypt. Great! This book takes you through the life of a child that lives in Egypt. It is written from the child's perspective. I like that Carole P. Roman includes longer words, but then tells the pronunciation in parentheses. Thank you! He not only is learning about Egypt, but is learning how to read longer words. She also gives definitions of words that may be difficult to understand what they mean. I also like that they give Egyptian words for some family members, games, and even a doll.

Our third book was If You Were Me and Lived In...The American West. This is written in the same format as the If You Were Me and Lived In...Egypt book. He liked that they mentioned his big brother's name as a boy name that you could have been called. That made it personal for us. Another thing that made it personal was that it starts out talking about the Willamette Valley in Oregon. That's where we moved from about a year and a half ago. We learned so much about what it was like to travel across the United States form this book.

We love the books and collections from Carole P. Roman. We would like to try reading some more of the Captain No Beard stories like A Flag for the Flying Dragon or Being a Captain is Hard Work. Thank you Carole P. Roman for writing great books for kids!

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