Our fourteen-year-old daughter absolutely loves trivia and facts and sharing what she learns. So when I saw the opportunity to review books by Carole P. Roman, I knew we had to take this opportunity. For this review, we were given the opportunity to pick two titles of our own choosing and then the author sent us two other books. We selected “If You Were Me and Lived In… Elizabethan ENGLAND” and “If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China: Han Dynasty“. The two books the author selected for our family were “If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient Greece” and A Captain No Beard story entitled “A CAPTAIN NO BEARD STORY BEING A CAPTAIN IS HARD WORK “.
The first thing that caught my eye with all four books is the amazing illustrations in the books. These capture the essence of the author’s words on the page with great accuracy. The words and pictures help pull the readers into the book. All four books are written in a story format. These books would be excellent books to read aloud. Even if there were younger children in the household, I expect the story and pictures would keep their interest. Another thing I liked is that these books are available for the Kindle and are part of the Kindle Unlimited program – so we can read any of these titles for free. I love being able to take books with us for those unexpected times we need something to occupy our time. Also the three history books do an amazing job of being cultural books that capture the essence of what a good children’s history book should be like.
For this review, our daughter read “If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China: Han Dynasty” by herself first. This book is designed for children ages 8-15. I feel this book would make a wonderful starting point for a unit study on Ancient China or a comparison of life in ancient China versus modern-day China. My daughter found the book to be interesting and worth reading. The book goes through facts about what life would have been like in ancient China including illustrations of modern day China as well as ancient China. Facts are also given about how China was ruled during this period, possible names children may have been given, life in the capital city, and more. It made it more realistic when the author stated what type of family the person would have been born into as well as what his/her daily life would have been like. My daughter really enjoyed reading this book. I plan on having her re-read the book and then complete various notebooking assignments using facts in the books that captured her interest. I also plan on having her doing some kind of visual display and report showing what she learned. For this, I will probably have read additional books to discover more information as well as do research using the Internet.
Next, she read “If You Were Me And Lived In….Elizabethan ENGLAND“. This book chronicled life in Elizabethan England from the perspective of a child born to a baker and his wife. Again the book gives general facts about the time period, background on the government and life in general during the time period. Then, detailed descriptions of what life would have been like for the child of a baker would have been like. I especially found the descriptions of how their clothing would have been made to be interesting. I was also fascinated when I learned that bakers may have let other families use their ovens to bake things for a price. Again my daughter enjoyed this book. I plan on following a similar plan of using this book basically as the foundation of a unit study for the Elizabethan time period with a report, additional research and reading along with a final project to be done.
Our first book that the author selected for us is “If You Were Me and Lived in… Ancient Greece“. This story follows the same format as the two books my daughter selected. Due to Hurricane Harvey wreaking havoc in our area, I read this book myself. Again, it discusses life in general in Greece, contrasts between life in Greece in ancient times versus today, and then goes into what life would have been like for a child born to a doctor. My one caution about this book would be that it goes into various Greek gods and goddesses. So if your family wants to avoid discussing that, this may not be the right book for you to use. I found the facts to be presented in a straightforward way. Again, I see this book being an excellent starting point for a unit study approach for ancient Greece.
The final book we received was “A CAPTAIN NO BEARD STORY BEING A CAPTAIN IS HARD WORK“. This story is geared more for 3-8-year-old children. Since all of our children are much older than that, I read this book myself. The story chronicles the adventures of Captain No Beard and his crew. The captain shows great determination about traveling to the Dew Rite Volcano. Along the way, many decisions are made by the captain that his crew expresses concern while offering alternative ideas. At the end of the story, the ship and seas turn back into a bedroom. The child who was pretending to be captain learned many important lessons including the value of listening to other and that being in charge is not always easy. I found the book enjoyable to read.
So I definitely recommend checking out these and other titles by Carole P. Roman. You can find other reviews either by clicking here or on the graphic below.