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If You Were Me and Lived on Mars…If You Were Me and Lived in Germany…If You Were Me and Lived in the American West by Carole P. Roman

Reviewed by Teri Davis

If You Were Me and Lived on Mars allows you to think into the future, maybe the year 2054 when you might be able to walk on the planet, Mars.

To be travel to and from Mars would have to be only when Earth and Mars were lined up for a quick trip which would take about two years. Children could also go there with their parents.

How can anyone possibly consider living on the red planet of Mars? The air pressure is too thin with too little oxygen and too much carbon monoxide and little atmospheric protection allowing too much radiation for humans to survive.

Also on the planet are no natural resources to provide housing as will as water, food, extreme temperatures, air and all of the everyday necessities. Outside the living area would uninhabitable without a special suit to compensate for the differences between Mars and Earth.

For this imagined book to be possible, all of us on this planet now need to aware of the facts of what we now know about Mars to make this dream a reality.

If You Were Me and Lived in Germany allows every reader to experience life in the country that is the most populated in the European Union.

What I adore about this book is the influence of the German people into the English language with words like league, cuckoo, folk, marinated, observatory, Oktoberfest, sauerbraten, throne, vinegar, and wurst.

If You Were Me and Lived in the American West has a setting in the Willamette Valley in Oregon which was a possible destination of the Oregon Trail in 1835.

Life was frequently difficult for many Americans settled along the east coast of the United States. Living off the land, made people depend on luck with the weather whether dealing with droughts or floods.

The dream of the Oregon Trail gave people hope for a new better life. With the possibility of finding gold, many settlers left their old lives for the east coast of the United States.

It is hard today to imagine putting everything you own into a covered wagon and slowly walk the distance across the country on trails, but not paved roads. You also needed to carry all the food and supplies needed along the route as well as to begin this new life while traveling with a group of people similar to you.

Would you want to be part of this experience?

Near the end of this book, a list of the well-known people associated with this time.

The illustrations perfectly match the text of theses educational and informational books. All three books include an appendix with the vocabulary and pronunciation guide unique for each.

With these three books of living in another place in the future, present, and past, Carole Roman transports readers of all ages into a realistic time machine of their imagination with her as their travel guide.

If You Were Me and Lived in…the Middle Ages…Viking Europe by Carole P. Roman

Reviewed by Teri Davis

If You Were Me and Lived in Viking EuropeImagine living in England during the year 1072. To help you, former social studies teacher, Carole Roman along with illustrator, Mateya Arkova, have created the perfect tool for transporting each of us into that time and place through the pages of this exquisite book.

The paperback explains how life changed from when the Romans controlled the country and their contributions to the change of the Renaissance period beginning around 1400 A.D.

By taking a reading journey into each fiefdom, you learn about the world of knights who sold their services and life as a servant or vassal.

This book is through the eyes of a daughter whose father was a knight in William of Normandy’s army and rewarded with land for being victorious with the invasion of England. Describing life inside the keep is picturesque. Also, well-represented is the perspective from being a peasant. I find the section regarding the medical field fascinating, but obviously not the healthiest.

If You Were Me and Lived in Poland…Brazil…Israel: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World by Carole P. Roman and Illustrator Kelsea Wieranga

Reviewed by Teri Davis

How do you prepare yourself to travel abroad? Do you research your destinations to be certain to visit those places that interest you or do you just wander aimlessly to embrace the culture of the country?

It seems logical to know a little about a foreign country you plan to visit and to have a little introduction to the culture and to learn a little of the language.

Even those Carole Roman’s books appear to have an audience of children; these are an excellent introduction to the basic knowledge needed to enjoy traveling to any country.

If You Were Me and Lived in China…Italy…Egypt: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World by Carole P. Roman, Author and Kelsea Wierenga, Illustrator

Reviewed by Teri Davis

If You Were Me and Lived in ItalyIf You Were Me and Lived in ChinaIf You Were Me and Lived in EgyptHow does anyone prepare to visit another country? Most travelers quickly have discovered that the experience is more enjoyable when you know what to expect. Immersing yourself in any place with another language and culture is the best way to understand others. How do you prepare for the multiple aspects that no one source can explain?

If You Were Me and Lived in Greece…Peru…Hungry…Scotland: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World (Cultures of the World) by Carole P. Roman

If You Were Me and Lived in Greece

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Today’s media frequently reports about the ignorance of America’s children, especially in terms of geography. Carole P. Roman recognized this problem. As a former teacher with years of experience, she saw a solution. She has created a series of books with matching text and illustrations to assist everyone to become more aware of the world, literally giving her readers a global education. She has developed short picture books each focusing on a single country. Each book briefly highlights the geography, culture, food and language in an engaging format for the very young and for readers of all ages. Obviously through her books she is not complaining but taking a step towards solving the problem by both educating and entertaining simultaneously.

Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis (Captain No Beard Stories) by Carole P. Roman

Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Captain No Beard is an imaginative young boy who obviously does not have a beard yet but does have the pirate dreams of adventure in exploring the world. Hallie and Cayla accompanies the Captain on his journey as their bed miraculously becomes a pirate ship, *The Flying Dragon*along with Mongo, the stuffed monkey, Fribbet the frog, Linus the stuffed lion and naturally Polly the parrot. Stuffed animals become willing crew members swabbing decks and keeping a ship “shipshape”.

If You Were Me and Lived in…Turkey by Carole P. Roman (Review #2)

If You Were Me and Lived in Turkey

Reviewed by Lisa Brown-Gilbert

If You Were Me and Lived in Turkey by author Carole P. Roman continues, the edifying children’s series, which brilliantly reveals what life, is like in Turkey.

If You Were Me and Lived In…France by Carole P. Roman (Review #2)

If You Were Me and Lived i n France

Reviewed by Lisa Brown-Gilbert

If You Were Me and Lived in France by lauded children’s author Carole P. Lombard takes young readers on an exciting adventure to France. This is a charming children’s series that does well to expose young minds to varying cultures.

Whaley’s Big Adventure by Carole P. Roman

Whaley's Big Adventure

Reviewed by Lisa Brown Gilbert

An enchanting tale about a young whale off on an adventure, Whaley’s Big Adventure uses imagination and creativity to explain the varying whale population in the ocean to young readers. This is a charming and edifying tale written and illustrated by 5-year-old Alexander Luke. His grandmother, Carole P. Roman, who happens to be a children’s author herself presents the book. Alexander, following in his grandmother’s footsteps seems to have the same innate gift for presenting a tale that not only teaches young readers about whales but entertains as well.

Stuck in the Doldrums, The Treasure of Snake Island, The Crew Goes Coconuts and Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life by Carole P. Roman

captain no beard

the crew goes coconutsthe treasure of snake islandstuck in the doldlrumsReviewed by Teri Davis

In Stuck in the Doldrums Captain No Beard, who in real life is a young boy named Alexander is continuing his adventures with Hallie, his cousin and first mate. This adventure maroons them on a desert island with their stuffed animals who miraculously come to life while his bed is transformed into a pirate ship with his bedroom being the ocean.

At first, Captain No Beard has problems sharing the spyglass and then he sees his crew building a sand castle. Being a captain, he feels that he needs to take over the design and the building. When others disagree with him, he becomes frustrated returning to his ship alone.