Since I have a love of exploration and great interest of people and things around the world. I began writing my new series of "If You Were Me and Lived In..."
My first book featuring Mexico won me the Pinnacle Award for Best Children's non-fiction in 2012.
I have since followed up with South Korea, France and now, Norway. Other countries will be out pretty soon.
I am very appreciative of everyone who reads, reviews and leaves comments on all of my books. I thought that I would share some of the reviews from Amazon about the cultural books.
Again, thank you.
~Carole P. Roman
If You Were Me and Lived In... Mexico
"In the current world of globalization most of the children currently in elementary school will at some time have to deal with colleagues, co-workers or neighbors that are of foreign origin. It is common courtesy and a social lubricant if the child has some understanding of the country of origin. This knowledge of cultural background provides an additional point of mutual understanding and improves the level of discourse." ~Charles A.
"This book is a wonderful look at life in Mexico. It introduces Spanish and traditions of the Mexican people. It's the perfect way to introduce other countries and cultures to children. It's simply written and easy to understand. Many children will be able to read this and understand the traditions from Mexico from other shows. ~Kissablysweetone
"If You Were Me and Lived in Mexico by Carole P. Roman is part of a series of books to introduce children to different cultures around the world. It is a nice way to establish an understanding of children who may look different but are the same in many ways. The book explains common names, terms for parents, coins, and a variety of other daily activities in which children are interested." ~tmtrvlr
If You Were Me and Lived In...France
"For homeschoolers (us) or anyone this is a wonderful idea. I had been struggling with getting my son to understand that there are real people just like us all over the world. These books help give the child some perspective on that concept. This was just a wonderful idea for a book series. They are fairly short and sweet, appropriate for a short intro to a culture or country for older children or a sit down read aloud experience for younger." ~Kay Z.
"I really love stories that teach my kids something, whether it be facts or life lessons. This is a great series for teaching your children about life in other countries. They are able to learn a few things about what people live like in France and how it's different from or similar to the way they live. This book would be wonderful if you are teaching your kids about France or other cultures. The illustrations are bold an colorful. I really enjoy these books and so do my kids." ~SchneiderMommy
"When my children were growing up, the study of geography was sadly lacking in the school classroom, so I did a bit with them at home. We used a World globe to learn location and sizes of countries and how to identify the continents on which each were located. We also intensely read the National Geographic magazines (kept the old copies for extended reference and learning) and studied the accompanying maps. Ms. Roman's new books are a step in the right direction for young children to immerse themselves with geography, customs, and beginning language." ~Vera
If You Were Me and Lived In...South Korea
"This is the perfect young person's introduction to a new culture. Plenty of information in here was new to me--even though I have a brother who lived in South Korea for a couple of years. Everything is presented in a familiar context, so that any differences seem interesting rather than weird or scary. It shows Seoul with a familiar skyline of skyscrapers, but it also states people have lived there for 2,000 years. It shows children dressed in jeans and T-shirts going out to play with their parents, buying toys with money, going to school. They dress up in more traditional Korean clothing to eat out at a restaurant, visit with grandparents, or celebrate a holiday. These are all activities young people are familiar with, so it's a simple matter to learn the small differences in the names for things, the history of the place, or the types of foods eaten." ~Randy-Lynne
"It is important for every child to gain exposure to various cultures. This book provides a creative learning aid that is developed specially for children Pre-K to 8-years old, but has proven insightful for people of all ages. If You Were Me And Lived In... South Korea... educates the mind and dispels certain biases that stem from ignorance. It teaches children that there is an entire world out there, unknown to a vast degree, but, thanks to Roman, a bit easier to understand." ~Gigi
"I have been reading across the blogosphere laments about the lack of diversity in children's picture books, so it was quite opportunistic when I came across the new educational picture book series, If You Were Me and Lived in ... by Carole P. Roman. I have had the pleasure of reading one of the books in the series, If You Were Me and Lived in ... South Korea, but there are two other books in the series (Mexico and France). I must admit that almost all of the information contained in the book was completely new to me, so I can say without reservation that parents are just as likely as their children to learn something about different cultures through these books." ~Mother/Daughter Book Reviews
If You Were Me and Lived In...Norway
"To make her journey to Norway complete Roman includes a pronunciation guide at books end so that he youngsters will be able to speak a bit of Norwegian correctly! Always a delight to read and enjoy the great illustrations, this book should go on your shelf along with the past books and those that are due to some down the pike! This is the best introduction to geography and cultural sociology available." ~ Grady H.
"I really like how fun and exciting that she has made learning about other countries! My oldest enjoys reading books like these and we always spend time talking about the country, trying to pronounce the words that are included in the book, and we always do more research about each country." ~Momma Frugal
"I would really love to own the whole book series!! Illustrations are beautiful and they make the book come alive!! " ~Mfabian