Children’s Book Review: If You Were Me and Lived In Colonial America and The American West

IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN…COLONIAL AMERICA

By: Carole P. Roman

Illustrated by: Sarah Wright

Published: April 28, 2016

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Non-Fiction

Roman has expanded her IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN… series from cultures and countries to eras of time. This take-off from her original series is much more detailed and probably geared to a bit older elementary-aged child.

The book begins in England and explains the journey to America. The harsh conditions that the settlers had to endure as well as limited supplies were something I had never thought of even though I have heard this part of our history many times. Other parts were familiar, including how the Native Americans assisted the settlers with growing crops and fishing. Of course, the famous thanksgiving meal is mentioned as well as how the settler’s dressed, their schooling, religion, and what kids did for fun. This book offers a comprehensive look into this historical period of time.

The illustrations are bold and detailed showing emotions, the vivid countryside, and specific details including food and clothing. There is even a glossary of famous people in the back with detailed illustrations and brief biographies. The word dictionary in the back is also helpful. I even had to use it for a couple words.

The talented Roman has created another successful series to add to her long list of books. Families, teachers, and librarians can benefit from her educational books.

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IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN….THE AMERICAN WEST

By: Carole P, Roman

Illustrated by: Paula Tabor

Published: June 18, 2016

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Non-Fiction

One of my favorite time periods is the late 1800’s when families traveled west to start new lives. If I ever want to give examples of hard-working men and women, I tell our kids about this time period in our history.  Roman has given children a realistic view of a family who left their home in Ohio to travel west and start a new life.

The book takes children along in the wagon for the trip across the country explaining the clothing, the food, how the wagon train worked, and what obstacles families faced.

The illustrations are extremely detailed including expressions of hope, frustration, despair and happiness. The scenery, including the one on the cover, depicts gorgeous views of the countryside. Education, work, chores, and family life are explained so that children can understand that life was difficult, but that families worked together to make it during this time.

This book has a bit more detail that the other books in Roman’s IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN cultural series, that I think it is better for older elementary-aged children. There is a glossary of words as well as famous people in the back of the book offering definitions and biographies of those who were important to know from this time period. These books are excellent resources for teachers, homeschooling parents, and librarians.

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Carole P Roman

Award winning author Carole P. Roman is a former teacher turned businesswoman. She has successfully run a family business with her husband. Her most favorite job is being a grandmother to her many grandchildren. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband. Carole has written several books for children including the IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN…series as well as a fiction series for children, CAPTAIN NO BEARD involving lots of fun adventure and imagination. For more on Carole, visit her website, caroleproman.comYou can see all of my reviews for Roman’s books by clicking, HERE.  Too see all her books, click HERE

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  1. bermudaonion on September 4, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Those look like great books for young history buffs.

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