If You Were Me and Lived in…the American West by @CarolePRoman #IARTG #bookreview

IYWM American West


Title: If You Were Me and Lived in…the American West

Author: Carole P. Roman (Author), Paula Tabor (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s Literature, American History, Homeschooling


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 Viking Europe, and what children who lived during the Han Dynasty 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.


Back to Homeschool Resource Award winner!


My Review:

Want to experience what it was like for people travelling the Oregon Trail and the American West in the mid 1800’s? Buy this book right now!


Roman is back with another installment of her history books and this time, we’re heading west, on the Oregon Trail. It’s the 1840’s and many Americans are journeying west, thanks to the lack of food and money on the East Coast. Thousands of people ride/walk single file and the wagons look like one giant train. People pack their whole lives into these wagons in search of better opportunities and land to farm.


Life isn’t easy on the Oregon Trail and many people died but that didn’t deter people from continuing on. Through Roman’s eyes, we (the reader) get to experience what it must’ve been like for grade-school kids in Pioneer times. Filled with interesting facts on everything from clothing, names, workload to walking 20 miles a day, Roman immerses us in the 1800’s to a fascinating time period in American History.


Perfect for teachers and/or homeschoolers, this book will open children’s eyes to what life was really like out in the American West. The illustrations by Tabor are elegant and realistic which confirms how this is a great historical resource. Another gem by Roman!


Favorite Quote:

“Your sister hated churning butter. She realized that if she hung a pail of milk on the wagon, all the bouncing around created butter and she didn’t have to do that boring chore.”


My Rating:  5+ stars


Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/You-Were-Lived-American-West-ebook/dp/B01HZXQLX4

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30773824-if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-the-american-west




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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