If You Were Me and Lived in… Renaissance Italy by @CarolePRoman #bookreview #kidlit #IARTG

IYWM Ren Italy


Title: If You Were Me and Lived in… Renaissance Italy (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time)

Author: Carole P. Roman (Author), Silvia Brunetti (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s Picture Books, History


Book Blurb:

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American children did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in… does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.


My Review:

Are you ready to travel back in time to Florence, Italy? This book is a wonderful guide book for kids as well as adults and Carole P. Roman is our tour guide.


The year is 1483 and we’re in the Tuscany region of Italy. The Medieval period has just ended and it’s the birth of the Renaissance (which translates to rebirth in French) period.


It’s one of my favorite time periods in history because many historical artists and teachers flourished. The ruling family of Florence, Medicis, commissioned several artists to create artwork and they were instrumental in spreading the Renaissance far and wide.


It was an exciting time and people embraced change. A new class of people called merchants emerged.


Roman describes in great detail (and beautiful prose) what it was like to live and grow up in Florence during this time period. Her prose flows with ease and accompany the beautiful illustrations; the end product is a fantastic book and one many readers will enjoy.


A must read and I’m loving this series by this award-winning author!


Favorite Quote:

“You lived in a house filled with beautiful things, including a few books made by a printer all the way in Germany!”


My Rating:  5 stars


Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Lived-Renaissance-Introduction-Civilizations-Throughout/dp/152323427X

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30146437-if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-renaissance-italy


Author Biography:

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 Exceptional 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. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.


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.


Social Media Links:

Website http://caroleproman.com/


Blog http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/


Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks


Twitter https://twitter.com/caroleproman


Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/caroleproman/


Reviewed by: Mrs. N


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