Monday, February 17, 2014

Children's Book Review: if I Were You and Lived in India by Carol P Roman

author disclosure

Continuing her "If I Were You" series (this is book 7), Carol gives us a new installment!

 if I Were You and Lived in India cover

The world is getting smaller, thanks to speedy travel and Internet connectivity. As the increasingly global, multicultural environment takes hold, Carole P. Roman, a former social studies teacher and travel buff, presents a book that opens up an exotic country in South Asia. In If You Were Me and Lived in … India, Roman takes kids on a virtual excursion, with cultural information that will captivate children from 3-to-8-years old and beyond.
This lighthearted guide teaches children about other customs in a way that is approachable and inviting. The book is written in a crisp, natural voice that respects the intelligence of readers. It doesn’t talk down to children, as it speaks to many different interests. They will discover popular Indian foods, holidays, activities and landmarks. Other information the book introduces includes the capital, currency and even some common Indian names.

Miss Grace LOVES this series, so she was thrilled to be able to review this latest installment! During Vacation Bible school this past Summer, the kids raised money for a mission trip/bibles for India, so she was really interested in this book! As we have eaten at Indian restaurants before, and I have a Sari, she was able to relate to some of the info. We had quite a few aside discussions, as I was able to add more information on holidays and activities, due to friends having been Indian. This really helped to make the book more of an educational starting point for us. In fact, I would say this book continues the series very well, and the entire series is a valuable asset for teachers, to use it like we did- as a launching point for lesson plans, social and cultural awareness, and class discussions on differences! If you're looking for a way to bring cultural awareness to your child, check out this series!

About the author: 

Award-winning author Carole P. Roman adds another country to her groundbreaking series of children’s cultural education books. The series includesIf You Were Me and Lived in … Mexico, which was awarded the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Interest in 2013. Roman lives with her husband, near to her children and grandchildren, in Long Island, N.Y.

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