Celebrate #RioOlympics with This Gem by @CarolePRoman #bookreview #Brazil

IYWM Brazil


Title: If You Were Me and Lived in… Brazil

Author: Carole P. Roman (Author), Kelsea Weirenga (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s Books, Brazil


Book Blurb:

Join Carole P. Roman when she visits the stunning and diverse land of Brazil in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to South America to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land through the eyes of a youngster like you and understand what life is like in this exciting place.


Don’t forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair world traveler.


My Review:

The Rio Summer Olympics start today and in Carole P. Roman’s brand new installment of her If You Were Me and Lived In… series, she’s our tour guide throughout the country of Brazil. Perfect timing as the whole world is cheering on the athletes.


In this delightful book, we learn Brazil is the largest country in South America, it’s the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world and it’s the largest producer of coffee world-wide.


We also learn the capital of Brazil is in fact Brasilia (not Rio de Janeiro). They moved the capital to Brasilia in 1960 to be more centrally located.


Roman then takes us throughout Brazil, from the popular tourist spots to the Amazon rainforest. We catch a glimpse of Brazil through the eyes of children and get to see what food, currency, games, celebrations and sports are enjoyed.

Brilliantly written with colorful illustrations/photos, this is a keeper in my library. While it is geared for young children, I know many adults/children will enjoy learning more about where the Summer Olympics are being held. There’s plenty to learn and opportunity for teaching moments all throughout the book. The glossary at the end (a staple in Roman’s books) is invaluable and something to bring children back to learn more.


My Rating:  5+ stars


Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/If-You-Were-Lived-Brazil-ebook/dp/B01J67SKRM/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31079386-if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-brazil



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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