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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Homeschool Review - Carole P. Roman If You Were Me And Lived In

#hsreviews #childrenshistory #historystorybooks #culturalstudies, Cultural books, history books, children's history, children's education


I believe that history is very important for my children to learn, but quite often it can become nothing more than a bunch of dates to memorize. That's why I was thrilled to get a chance to review a few books Brought to You by Carole P. Roman and Awaywegomedia.com. The books that I received for this review and will focus on are:

If You Were Me and Lived in ... Ancient China:The Han Dynasty

If You Were Me and Lived in ... the Middle Ages (Volume 6)

If You Were Me and Lived in ... Elizabethan England (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 3)



What is If You Were Me And Lived In books by Carole P. Roman?

I received 4 paperback books as listed above. The books were all written by Carole P. Roman. Three of them were illustrated by Mateya Arkova and one of them by Paula Tabor.

If You Were Me and Lived in ... {by Carole P. Roman and Awaywegomedia.com}, #hsreviews #childrenshistory #historystorybooks #culturalstudies, Cultural books, history books, children's history, children's education
Carole P. Roman started writing after one of her sons presented her with a dare. She took him up on his dare and tapped into her own history rich with teaching talent as well as her love of history and exploring. The result was award-winning books that inspire children to learn as they step into time through her books.
Mateya Arkova is an illustrator from Bulgaria. She uses bright pastels and curvy lines to accentuate adventure.
Paula Tabor is an illustrator from Texas who is the winner of art show awards.
I had the privilege of reviewing:
If You Were Me and Lived in ... {by Carole P. Roman and Awaywegomedia.com},#hsreviews #childrenshistory #historystorybooks #culturalstudies, Cultural books, history books, children's history, children's education
If You Were Me and Lived in ... Ancient China is 76 pages, including a 7-page glossary of vocabulary words used in the book and 4 pages of Important People in Ancient China. The bulk of the book covers the time frame of the Han Dynasty in China which was from 206 to 220 AD. The book covers highlights like where silk came from and religions of China. The book is illustrated by Mateya Arkova who displays a muted pastel water color look throughout her books.
If You Were Me and Lived in ... {by Carole P. Roman and Awaywegomedia.com}, #hsreviews #childrenshistory #historystorybooks #culturalstudies, Cultural books, history books, children's history, children's education
If You Were Me and Lived in ... the Middle Ages is 97 pages including 14 Glossary vocabulary pages and 4 pages of Famous People from the Middle Ages. The core story covers the Middle Ages, beginning in approximately 400 to the early 1400s and covered everything from peasants to plagues. It is illustrated by Mateya Arkova with the muted pastel watercolor look throughout. 

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If You Were Me And Lived In ... Elizabethan England is a 38 page story with an additional 7 pages of Glossary vocabulary pages and 2 pages of full-color pictured of Important People to Know in the Elizabethan Era. The historical story covers The Elizabethan England time period from the 1600s. It talks about Queen Elizabeth and expresses elements of the time frame such as Shakespeare and his plays.

If You Were Me and Lived in ... Viking Europe is a 76-page book that includes a 7-page Glossary vocabulary section and about 7 pages of Norse gods and important vikings in history. The story covers life in Norway starting from about 870 AD, talking about vikings and family members of the era. The book is illustrated by Mateya Arkova with her pastel style.

How Did We Use It?




I presented the books to my 9-year old, 4th Grader. She chose to read them alone and finished 3 of the above 4 books during the review time. So far, my daughter has sat down and read the books. After she finished, I asked her what she learned. But, I see so much more potential for using these, including:

Using the pictures of the famous people at the end of each book to make paper dolls and then act out parts of the historical story with them.

Using the vocabulary words at the end of each book to memorize, do copy work, or do further word studies with them.

Another thing is to work with the geography aspect of the historical stories, and use maps and globes to give the child a full understanding of where this history took place.

I really enjoyed the Elizabethan England book the most since we were also learning about Queen Elizabeth and Shakespeare as part of another course we are currently covering. So, the timing was perfect.

What Did We Think?

I really like the concept of describing periods of history through the eyes of someone who would have lived during those times. I also love the vocabulary words in the back pages of each book and the Famous People during this time period pages in each book.

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