Sunday, June 1, 2014

If You Were Me and Lived in... Australia: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World (Review with Giveaway, Ends 06/20/14, US Only)

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BETHPAGE, N.Y. — Former social studies teacher Carole P. Roman has penned a new addition in her exiting explorations of foreign cultures and customs with “If You Were Me and Lived in … Australia". In her years as a teacher, parent and grandparent, Roman noticed that there were few, if any, books about other cultures for young children. Roman has remedied the deficit and now introduces the new Australia installment in a series that educates kids, parents and teachers, alike. Roman recognizes that children love to discover the differences and similarities of other people and places in far-off lands. In this series, she describes details that kids can relate to. Tailored to children from 3-to-8-years old, her writing is simple but does not talk down to youngsters. Among the topics that are introduced in this journey to Australia are the unusual indigenous animals, the extraordinary Great Barrier Reef, the currency, the beloved game of cricket and the national holiday, Australia Day, as well as the special nicknames people have for one another and the curious taste sensation, Vegemite. “This series is just enough facts to begin a discussion without overwhelming the child and can be expanded or contracted to fit the age group,” Roman explains.
"Carole P. Roman has created a marvelous premise for her series of educational children's books: young readers are given the opportunity to realistically envision a foreign country without leaving their homes, libraries, or classrooms....Roman's formula allows for so much lovely variety in each book of this series that it hardly seems like a formula at all...If You Were Me and Lived in ...Kenya is a short, vibrant picture book, brightly illustrated in cartoon style. The text is scant, appropriate, and does not deviate from the central theme." ForeWord Reviews Clarion Review

About the Author-

Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born."Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Remarkable Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. "Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience" Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series.
Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.
Her new non fiction series, "If You Were Me and Lived in..." combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, "If You Were Me and Lived in...Mexico" has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children's Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca's Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in...Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in ...France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in...France for best in children's non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.
Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.

My children have both expressed interest in learning about other cultures and countries around the world. This series of books by Carole P. Roman are perfect for helping my children do their interest based learning. This particular book is about the country and culture of Australia.
I love that my kids like to read together!
Have you ever wondered about what it's like to be an Aussie and live Down Under? After reading the book If You Were Me and Lived in... Australia: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World, you will definitely feel more like an Aussie!
You start the book by seeing a map of Australia and where it is on the globe. 

Next you learn about popular Australian names.
Other Australian things to learn about include the Great Barrier Reef.
I love this picture that perfectly depicts multiculturalism!
At the back of the book is a review of the various Aussie words that were explained throughout the book, including how to pronounce them!
Overall, Brandon, 12, really enjoyed this book. He thinks it would be better if it had a story included with the facts about Australia and felt that, as is, it was a little dry to read. He has been wanting to learn more about Australia so he enjoyed the facts, but just thinks it would especially be easier for younger readers if it included a story.
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Daniella, 3.5, is still a bit young. But it won't be long before she'll be ready for it.
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