Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Carole P. Roman books and collections - Review

You all know how I feel about reading to my children and how important I feel it is for you to read to your children.  I mean it's so beneficial and it gives you a free cuddling pass when you are tired of house chores and want an excuse to sit down.  The review crew was given the opportunity to review some books from Carole P. Roman books and collections.  Children's books like those written by Carole P. Roman can be such a fun way to explore history, culture, or even practice reading.  We were blessed to receive three books to add to our forever, growing home library.

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Who is Carole P. Roman:

Carole P. Roman is an award-winning children's book author.  She has written over fifty books for children, she's a wife, mom, and grandmother.  Her book series covers stories about pirates, cultural and history, geography, and princesses.

What I Received:

Our family received one book from the If You Were Me and Lived in... A Child's Introduction to Cultures around the World and two books from the If You Were Me and Lived in... A Child's Introduction to Ancient Civilizations through time series.

If You Were Me and Lived in... France

If You Were Me and Lived in... France

My oldest daughter read If You Were Me and Lived in... France while I listened in.  One of the things she appreciated was that throughout the book it showed how to pronounce the more difficult words.  It also explained what the meaning of certain words was.  This helped them as they imagined that they were in France.  We learned how Paris got the nickname "La Ville-Lumiere," what they ate, their favorite sports, and my kids were introduced to the French National Day, which we did further research on because they wanted to learn more about it.  We originally thought it was a sister and brother that was telling the story, but later came to the conclusion it was the sister because she mentioned playing with her doll and having a tea party.


Our thoughts

I asked each of the kids to tell me something that they learned from the story.  Here is what some of them said.

My oldest daughter said, "I thought crepes were a type of dessert. I was unaware that they could be filled with meat and cheese. Now I want to try to make some for lunch."

My other daughter said, "I learned that they don't refer to their money as dollars they call it Euros."

Overall I thought the story did a good job introducing the kids to what it would be like if they lived in France.  They discussed just enough to have the kids inquiring about more.  The illustration is cartoon-like and the kids enjoyed the pictures. There's a Pronunciation guide at the back of the book along with the definitions, this is great for further vocabulary study.  The girls and I watched Leap after we read the book because the setting of the movie was in Paris.

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

I was pleased to wrap up our week study on Ancient Greece, with If You Were Me and Lived in... Ancient Greece.  The book starts out showing you what Greece probably looks like now and then, way back in 350 B.C.  A few things that can be learned from this story are why Greece was called "the Cradle of Western Civilization", what the capital of Greece is, the different Greek gods and goddesses, and so much more.  I had one kid that said, "Mama a lot of the cartoons have Greek gods in it."  They were able to notice which ones and which cartoon they were in.  One of the things we pulled away from the book so that we could further research, was that they did not use sugar, they raised bees for the honey.  This opened up the door for us to learn more about the importance of honey bees.  Don't you just love it when you read a book and it sparks the kids' interest to learn more?

Our thoughts

I asked the kids what they learned from this book as well.  Here is what they had to say.

My youngest son said, "Boys had to go to the military at the age of 7 so I would already be in the military if I was there."  "People became slaves when they were captured and had to take care of the gardens."

One of my daughters said, "I can't believe they used bread to clean their hands then fed the scraps to the dogs."

I think Carole P. Roman did a good job getting the information to the reader.  The book was very detailed, but not too much detailed to the point that a younger child could not follow along.  We all enjoyed this story very much.   

If You Were Me and Lived in... Colonial America

If You Were Me and Lived in... Colonial America starts off in London, England around 1620 and it takes you on a journey to Colonial America.  It gives you the kid-friendly version of King Henry VIII.  It does talk about divorce and how he manipulated the system so that he could get it.  The story also talked about the changes in religion, churches, and language.  My boys enjoyed hearing how they built their own homes and grew their own food.

Our thoughts

Again, Carole P. Roman did a good job explaining what life would be like if we lived back then in this area.  The illustrations were great and the kids like them.  There's a section at the back of the book with a list of people who are said to have influenced the colonies and there is also a glossary.

The author, Carole P. Roman did an amazing job explaining what life would have been like back then in each area.  The stories were short and could be read in less than 15 minutes by an adult.  That time may vary with a child.  I think the series would be a great addition to geography lessons or just a way to introduce different places around the world.


As I already told you she is the author of over 50 children books so you are certain to find a few to add to your home library.  You can get Carole P. Roman books and collections in paperback or as a download on your Kindle.
Here are a few that I would like to read next...


Be sure to check out what book some of the other moms from the crew read.

Carole P. Roman books and collections {Carole P. Roman Reviews}

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  1. Some of these may be great for my site as I am a family travel blogger! Love your reviews. I still read to my 8 1/2 year old, I love it.

    1. Yes I agree they would be great. My oldest is 15 and we still read together, they never get to old.

  2. do they have one for Africa? Definitely interested in buying one soon

    1. She has one on about Kenya be sure to let me know how you like it. :)

  3. We really enjoyed the American West one...I think your family would also enjoy it.

  4. Wow those look super interesting. My 4 year old loves to get read to every night. Thanks for the suggestions.

  5. What a neat series! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love the format of your review! Watching Leap was a good addition to learning about France.

  7. These look amazing!!!

  8. I've never heard of this series before. Totally checking my library. And if not, I might in the market for more books. :-)