Title: If You Were Me and Lived in…Ancient China: The Han Dynasty
Author: Carole P. Roman (Author), Mateya Arakova (Illustrator)
Genre: Children’s Books, China History
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 in the Han Dynasty 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.
Get ready to travel back in time to Ancient China and the Han Dynasty in this latest installment of Carole P. Roman’s Civilization series. Like in previous books, Roman starts by introducing the reader to the Han Dynasty and then takes us through all facets of this time period.
I remember studying the Han Dynasty in school but it was never this exciting. For me, the beautiful illustrations compliment the wording perfectly and as a reader, I’m allowed to let my imagination go wild. Each page showcases a different lesson about Ancient China: from family traditions to religious beliefs to even inventions we take for granted today (paper, silk, etc.).
I found myself learning so many things about life in the Han Dynasty and could identify how Ancient China influenced the world, even to this very day. I learned that honoring one’s ancestors was paramount to families and there was a strict delineation between classes. I learned that instead of wearing black while mourning, people wear white. I also learned the Emperor was the only one who could wear the color yellow. Fascinating!
This book is a treasure-trove of Ancient China history and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read it. Several teachers and educators have stated online how it’s a complete lesson-plan in a fun, interactive way. I don’t disagree but I also would like to point out that adults, too, would find value in reading this. Another superb book from Roman and one I highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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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.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N