Being a literature-rich homeschool, we have many rooms lined with bookshelves. Books of all kinds fill our rooms, with the majority of them being kids books. We’ve recently added more Carole P. Roman books and collections to our shelves. Carole has written many books, several of which we already own.
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On any given day we read between 5 and 20 books, depending on the type of books (simple picture book/chapter book read aloud). The If You Were Me and Lived in . . . are part of A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World series so they fit in nicely with our Thursday geography lessons.
If You Were Me and Lived in . . . Mexico
This 23-page softcover book is fully illustrated with lots of Mexican infusions. You’ll find Spanish words, cultural icons (like Mexico’s Independence Day traditions and the Chichen Itza), as well as everyday info like typical names for boy’s and girls, the capital city, and the country’s favorite sport.
This series is recommended for children ages 4-8, but really, any age could listen to it being read. Because of the Spanish words and other cultural references, children would need to be on the older end of the range to read the book alone. Overall, the book is very easy to read with not more than two or three sentences per page.
If You Were Me and Lived in . . . Brazil
My husband is from Brazil, so our second choice was a no-brainer. As I read the book aloud and came across Portuguese words, the kids kept saying, “Hey! I know what that is!” They were absolutely delighted to already have an understanding of many of the things in the book like pao de queijo (our favorite cheesy bread snack), brigadeiros (a birthday party staple), of course, soccer (GOOOAAAL!!!!!!!!).
This book is definitely wordier than the Mexico book- not in a bad way, I guess there’s just more to say? Anyway, it gives a great overview of the Brazilian culture. I was very happy to see the varying colors of the people. Brazilians can be as white as me (Irish descent) or as dark as the mom in this photo.
My youngest daughter got a kick out of the common names section as hers was mentioned – Ana. Her name is actually Ana Louisa, but that counts, right?
Can a Princes Be a Firefighter?
Can a Princess Be a Firefighter? is a wonderful little book about the many opportunities little girls have in life. Whether your little girl wants to be a mommy, a dentist, a doctor, or a sailor, this book is an excellent read. It’s very colorful and easy to read over and over.
This book is good for girls of any age. It’s a wonderfully sweet book.