Thursday, April 6, 2017

History Corner: Add Some History to That Easter Basket This Year!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these books, free of charge,from the author, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them,  all opinions are my own.


Looking to add something more substantial to the kids' baskets this year?

I have not 1, but 2 great new books for you!

If You were me and lived in...Germany

Join Carole P. Roman when she visits the beautiful land of Germany in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the central Europe to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land through the eyes of a youngster like you and understand what life is like in this exciting place.


Review:

Once again Carol mixes real photos of Germany with excellent illustrations from Kelsea Wierenga, to showcase the wonders of Germany. We are of German heritage on Dad's side, so much of the book Miss Grace was quite familiar with, and the foods for example, are ones we make at home. But it is a great way to introduce her friends to why we do some customs/eat certain foods! Miss Grace declared this book her second fav, behind Scotland, for this series! It would be fun to add this book to your kid's basket and add some German candy or toys too! Did you know that the Germans came up with the story of the Easter Bunny with a basket full of eggs? Yup, they sure did! And the German immigrants brought the tale (pun intended) to America with them, and it soon spread! So you could say that this book REALLY is a Easter history tradition! 



If You Were Me and Lived in....the 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.



Review:

We recently got to visit the Mayan Exhibit at the Perot Museum in Dallas, so Miss Grace was really interested in this book when it came in! We were both impressed with JUST how much info was included in this book! Carol really did her research to show just how much the Mayan influenced modern Mexican culture, and that of North America! The book goes through daily life, special events (they had a precursor to quincitera), and their culture. Then she included Mayan contributions to the world, and famous Mayans. I liked how she used their cuneiform name- Miss Grace was able to make hers at the exhibit, so she was happy to see them in use! This is a GREAT book for introducing your kids to a culture that was far more advanced than it is given credit for!

About the Author:

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.

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