Title: If You Were Me and Lived in….the Mayan Empire (Volume 8)
Author: Carole P. Roman (Author), Paula Tabor (Author)
Genre: Children’s Books, Nonfiction, History, Mayan Empire
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.
One of the greatest ancient civilizations is the Mayan Empire and in this installment, Carole P. Roman gives us an award-winning tour. We learn what life was like for one merchant family from what they ate to societal expectations to even some of the magnificent inventions of the Mayan people. Let’s begin with some interesting facts of life for a Mayan family:
- Employment was hereditary and if your father was a potter then you’d be a potter, too.
- You lived in a simple rectangular house made of clay and you lived close to your extended family.
- Your mother tended a communal kitchen garden and your family ate outdoors under an overhand of thatch. Men ate first, followed by the women.
- A food staple was maize and you had it in every meal. Men would hunt for meat and that would accompany maize for meals.
- Mayans were very religious so early in the morning, your family said a prayer at the shrine in your home.
Now for some of the amazing inventions and accomplishments of the Mayans:
- The Mayans were the only American society with a written account of their history.
- The Mayans prepared a calendar more accurate than the one used by the rest of the world.
- In the field of medicine, the Mayans performed surgical operations on the brain.
- The Mayans were incredible mathematicians. They were the first civilization to develop the number zero.
- The Mayans mapped the night skies without the aid of a telescope.
- Many of our foods (corn, squash, chocolate, fruits and turkeys) were perfected by the Mayans, as was the production of cotton.
I had the privilege of studying the Mayan Empire while at university and I was extremely impressed with this overview of the Mayan Empire. Well researched, Roman hit on all the main points while making it relevant for children. The illustrations are colorful, just like the Mayan Empire.
I highly recommend this book, especially for parents, teachers and educators. A terrific way to teach children about the Mayans in a fun, interactive way. One of the best books by Carole P. Roman to date!
Disclaimer: I received a paperback copy from the author in the hopes I’d review it.
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