My son is struggling in history this year. We have been doing auditory and visual learning, along with living books. We recently had an opportunity to review four new books from Brought to you by Carole P. Roman and Awaywegomedia.com.
About The Book Series
Award winning author Carole P. Roman has written numerous children’s books, including an award-winning, non-fiction cultural series. Her If You Were Me And Lived In… series introduces customs and cultures to elementary students and describes life in different civilizations throughout world history for older students. Her books are beautifully illustrated and written in such a way that a child will want to read them and have fun learning history
The four books I received for the purpose of this review are:
Each of the four soft cover books contain beautifully illustrated pages of easy to read text, a listing of famous people of the particular time period and a glossary of terms.
My son was most interested in reading If You Were Me And Lived In… Colonial America and If You Were Me And Lived In…America West, so these two books were the ones we focused most of our attention on.
If You Were Me And Lived In…Colonial America begins by telling the reader that they would have been born in London England in the year 1620, but tells how you would have left to come to the New World. The book discusses the differing religions of the time (Catholic, Reformers or Protestants, Puritans and Separatists). It discusses the Mayflower and the lives of the first settlers, even sharing how many did not make the long trip due to illness. It also discusses the type of home one would live in, jobs held, clothes worn and much more.
If You Were Me And Lived In…America West begins with the wagon train and settlers of 1843, how they traveled to California in search of gold, what life was like on the frontier – how many changes of clothes did you have? What animals did you have on the farm? Was it easy to buy supplies on the frontier? It introduces the reader to the Natives, their different languages and customs and so much more.
Before we began reading, we downloaded questions from Carole P. Roman’s website that pertain to both of these books. Because my son struggles with reading comprehension, I really wanted to focus there. It is taking some time for him to get through all of the questions, but the books are easy enough to read, that re-reading is not a burden. The beautifully illustrated pages and length of the books appealed to him.
These books were very easy for my middle schooler to read. The colorful pages and length of the books really appealed to him and I knew he wouldn’t “zone out” before finishing them.
The other two books we received for the review are equally as appealing. If You Were Me And Lived In…Renaissance Italy shares about how one would have been born in Florence, Italy in 1483 and discusses daily life during this time period. I loved how this book discusses the importance of art during the Renaissance period. If You Were Me And Lived In…The Middle Ages is the longest of the books we received (97 pages) and is full of information about where one lived, how they lived, jobs held and challenges faced.
My son enjoyed reading the books. Even though they are written for elementary age children, my struggling 8th grader was able to learn and retain history facts more easily than he has in the past. These books are packed with mini history lessons that will keep the reader engaged and informed and would make great unit studies for each of the available time periods.
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