Our family loves to read and we are always excited to try out new books and new authors so we were thrilled to have the opportunity to try out several titles by Carole P. Roman. Carole is an award winning, self-published author. We ended up with five different books to review.
- Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag
- Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump
- Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis (A Captain No Beard Story, Volume 7)
- If You Were Me and Lived in…. The Middle Ages
- If You Were Me and Lived in… Renaissance Italy
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The two If You Were Me and Lived in ….. books were the ones I selected as my top choices when asked what I’d like to review. I was not disappointed. These books are a really fun way to learn about history. They are written as a narrative story describing life in the specific time period (the series includes titles featuring several other time periods and locations as well). Both of the books I received were written from the perspective of a girl in an upper-class family but did describe what life would be like for a boy and how various people lived in the time.
If You Were Me and Lived in…. The Middle Ages describes feudalism and what life was like for serfs, nobility, soldiers, and free peasants. It describes how a castle might be built and how daily life in one would go. This is a very thick book for a children’s story book.
If You Were Me and Lived in… Renaissance Italy describes the life of a wealthy merchant family but like the other book mentions people in various stations during the time. It describes the home, food, business, activities, and customs common during the time. This one is not as thick or extensive as the other but of course, it covers a more limited time and location.
Both books include sections on famous people from the time period and a glossary with vocabulary that was included and may not be familiar to children. These are wonderful resources. These books are written for younger children but my 12-year-old enjoyed reading through them as well and spouted off all sorts of facts she picked up. These are both well written, interesting, engaging, and beautifully illustrated and my kids really enjoyed them. They are a great addition or jumping off point to any history study.
This is a cute picture book for young children. My 2 and 5-year-olds enjoyed it. The main point of the book is that stealing is wrong and we should enjoy natural things where they are. It also demonstrates that creativity can often help you find a solution without making a bad choice. The characters in the story stand up to their leader when he suggests stealing so standing up for what is right is also covered. This fun little story book is a quick read for a toddler or preschooler and is really full of lessons and discussion points!
This is a new series by Carole P. Roman. The reading level is right on target for my 3rd grader but they are quite a bit shorter than most of the books she reads. This could be a good thing for a quick read or for a struggling reader who needs to gain confidence in finishing a book. Oh Susannah: It’s In The Bag teaches the reader not to stuff things away, to talk about problems and find a solution before they build up and become overwhelming. Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump discusses fear in several forms and how to overcome it. While I think these books could be a great resource for some, I didn’t feel they were a great fit for my kids for a few reasons. One is that the stories are very focused around Susannah’s experiences at school-something my kids can’t really relate to. Another reason is that my kids tend to pick up on the fear and not the lesson. That said, I think they could be a great option for many people with early readers just beginning to read chapter books.
Carole has published many more children’s books than are mentioned here. I look forward to getting more of them for my children. I would love to try the rest of the If You Were Me and Lived in…. books, both in her historical and cultural series. I would also love to read her book Navigating Indieworld; A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing Your Book.
Have you read any of Carole’s books? Let me know in the comments what you have read or what you are interested in reading.
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