If You Were Me and Lived In…the Ancient Mali Empire…If You Were Me and Lived In…Ancient China…If You Were Me and Lived In… the Mayan Empire by Carole P. Roman

Reviewed by Teri Davis

If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient Mali Empire
If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient China
If You Were Me and Lived in....the Mayan Empire

If You Were Me and Lived in the Ancient Mali Empire begins in the year of 1322 and covered much of the area of Western Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Sahara Desert including the current area of western Sudan.

Reflecting on both the time and the area is a typical Islamic family including a father with many wives. For this particular family, there is a total of seventeen siblings with the perspective from a favored daughter.
Essential to both the time and area were the trade routes uniting Asia and Africa in their exchange of gold, salt, silk, and slaves.

If You Were Me and Lived in…Ancient China was about life in the year 150 A.D. and life in China about two thousand years ago. The Han dynasty of this time is considered to be the Golden Age of Ancient China with people reading and writing literature and poetry as well as the creation of porcelain china. Life here was very involved with The Silk Road connecting cities throughout all of China creating the new positions of merchants.

The development of the entire silk industry began at this time, explaining how silk is made starting with the moth, with the worms feeding all the mulberry bushes, worms spinning cocoons, killing the moths, and spinning their silk into threads. This process made many people wealthy and was a secret which if revealed was punishable by death.

If You Were Me and Lived in the Mayan Empire takes occurs in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico about 1500 years ago. These people are the only ancient American society that wrote of their history that prospered by establishing trade routes.

These Mayans were attractive if their heads had been flattened from birth and crossed eyes. The idea was to resemble an ear of corn. A jewel was tied between the boards around the head to cross the eyes.

Included with this book are the many contributions these people gave to the world that were foundations of today’s modern society throughout the world.
Each book has its glossary regarding the book including pronunciations and definitions for their particular time and place.

All three of these books are outstanding in enriching readers of all ages of individuals living in different times and venues with a multitude of various experiences unique to their culture.

The only way any of us can be more accepting of others from other places is to be educated in their way of life and to discover their lives are not so different from our own.