Title: If You Were Me and Lived in… Israel: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World (Volume 19)
Author: Carole P. Roman, Kelsea Wierenga (Illustrator)
Genre: Children’s Picture Books, Israel, Nonfiction
Join Carole P. Roman when she visits the exciting land of Israel in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the Middle East 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.
Award Winning Author Carole P. Roman is back with her 19th installment in her If You Were Me and Lived In… series, a fun, interactive way to showcase cultures from around the world to children. On this trip, she’s exploring Israel.
Israel is a country in the Middle East and there’ve been people inhabiting it for thousands of years. It has a fascinating history and is the Holy Land to four religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Baha’i).
Some interesting facts from the book:
Many residents shop in the open-air market (shouk) instead of a shopping mall. It’s like a farmer’s market or a street fair where there are booths selling everything you could possibly want or need.
Millions of tourists visit the Dead Sea every year. It is the lowest spot on earth (1371 feet below sea level) and has healing qualities due to the high salt content.
Purim is one of the big holidays in Israel. It honors and celebrates Queen Esther, who saved her people long ago. Baskets of treats and candy are given out to friends and family while, at the same time, charity is given to those less fortunate.
Roman does a magnificent job immersing the reader in all facets of what it means to be a child of Israel without dealing with the strife and violence that permeates Israel’ citizens. Children learn valuable information about life in Israel and get a feel for its history. I personally loved the story about why they read from right to left.
The illustrations are both photographs and hand-drawn which adds to their beauty. Bright, colorful and eye-catching, they draw the reader in.
I highly recommend this book (and the whole series). A great resource for parents, teachers and educators.
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