If You Were Me and Lived in . . . Brazil
My thoughts: Flipping the pages of Roman's new introduction to cultures book about Brazil will take the child on a fun trip with a 12 year old at the helm. The illustrations show features unique to Brazil - Christ the Redeemer statue atop a mountain, Brazilian Carnival (much like Mardi Gras in New Orleans), and the Amazon Rain Forest.
Discovering what Brazilians name their children, how they shop, foods they eat, attend school, watch sports, and play games is much like the reader's own life. The illustrations depict smiling and happy people with beautiful dark skin and lavish curly hair.
Roman again provides a Pronunciation Guide with short definitions at the end of the book.
This respected and loved series now covers the globe with featured countries enabling armchair journeys for children. These make good additional reading for social studies and geography studies.
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If You Were Me and Lived in the American West
My thoughts: What Roman's cultural series has done for studying and learning about how people live in various countries, the new series touches on history and the cultural aspect of living in each of these specific time periods. In The American West book, the reader journeys aboard a wagon train in the mid 1800s with the westward migration from the eastern portion of the United States. The reader will discover this unique life event, walking vast distances, and learning how they managed to carry the items for survival needed for the journey and also for the life they would begin once they reach their destination.
Roman writes of peaceful encounters with the Native Americans along the way. I found this interesting as most accounts of wagon trains and the journey westward relate hostile actions on both sides - Native Americans and migrating settlers.
As with each book in both the cultural and historical series, daily life and relationships are a major part of the book. The glossary at the back of the book with words specific for the story defined can add instructional value to the book. Also, the two pages of short bios of famous people of the time period is especially nice.
The American West is a nice addition to a classroom or home library.
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