We can't leave the kids out on History Thursday!
And thanks to one of our favorite authors, we don't have to!
Join Carole P. Roman as she travels back in time to visit the exciting Ancient Empire of Mali in Africa during the 1300s. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the past to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land and its rich history through the eyes of a youngster like you.
Once again Carole has done an amazing job at researching an ancient empire, and finding ways to make it interesting for modern kids. Even though she takes the kids back over 700 years (era of 1230 to the early 1600s) to when Mali was a MAJOR trading empire, she makes the book seem like any of her other modern If You Were Me and Lived in (country) titles from the series.
Once again kids get to learn customs, social norms, about the area, and what it was like to live in such a thriving empire, and how it was when it changed. She also has more info on famous events and leaders of the time in this book, to help further illustrate how important it was in the era of ancient civilizations. The Mali Empire might be one that can be overlooked in history class, but thanks to Carole's great book, it doesn't have to be!
And now that we've checked out the ancient past, let's look to the FUTURE!
If You Were Me and Lived on...Mars
Join Carole P. Roman when she blasts off to colonize the planet Mars, in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about how life would be living on the Red Planet. Travel to Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system. Look into the sky and watch Phobos and Deimos, Mars' two moons. Discover what you would wear, and how the seasons change. See Mars through the eyes of an adventurous youngster like you and understand what life is like in a trip of a lifetime. Don't forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair traveler.
This 21st book in the series takes kids beyond the past and current, to the future- to Mars! mars is a planet that captures kids' imaginations, especially since it is our next NASA space exploration! So it was a great pick to share as part of this series!
As you can see, there is a LOT of data in this book! I would say it may be the most data enriched of the books in the series actually. yet Carole still puts it in the series format, and allow kids a reachable way to access the data and understand it in terms they can relate to. As a homeschool mom, I love that this book can do triple duty- science, reading and critical thinking (instead of history), just like the other books in the series. By adding in the critical thinking aspect, this book is great for older kids to really get into too! Miss Grace devoured the book in one sitting and declared "I wish I had had this book when I made my solar system project and report!". It would be a great foundation for a science fair project too, thanks to all the info! Another winner from Carole, and we hope to see more speace exploration in this series from her!
Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, IAN Award, Moonbeam Award 2014, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist, Shelf Media Outstanding Series Award, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader's Views Children's Book of the Year 2013. Roman is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series, If You Were Me and Lived in... that explores customs and cultures around the world. She has co-authored a self help book, Navigating Indieworld A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.