About the Book
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Kelsea Wierenga
Genre: Children's Geography Book
Number of Pages: 30
Synopsis: Carole P. Roman's award winning series has traveling again and this time it's to East Asia to visit the People's Republic of China. In this book, younger readers can learn about the wide variety of climate when they read about China's vast size. They will begin their journey in China's ancient capital, Beijing, where they will discover the Imperial Palace of the Forbidden City. Different regions of cuisine are discussed, highlighting the variety of styles and spices of food. Currency, sports, exciting tourist attractions, and a lovely description of the New Year Festivities are included in this introduction the beautiful land of China. Embraced by educators, parents, and children, the series gently and respectfully introduces the subjects of cultures and customs around the world. On "If You Were Me and Lived in...South Korea": "Roman has proven her skill at writing children's books with her Captain No Beard series, as well as with the other volumes in her cultural series. If you were me and lived in ...South Korea uses a technique of speaking directly to the child reading or listening, similar to Laura Numeroff's If You Give a...series. This strategy is well suited to a book about foreign cultures as it gives little imaginations a boost by helping children envision themselves growing up with customs and traditions different from the ones they're familiar with..." Peter Dabbene ForeWord Reviews Clarion Review On "If You Were Me and Lived in...France": "It is the simplistic and positive way that Roman,a former social studies teacher, delivers the text, that makes this series appealing-the books are short and to the point and just what you want when you're introducing geography and culture to the youngest reading set." Bianca Schulz-The Children's Book review. "It is vital vital that we continue to embrace culture and learn about the history of our world neighbors. Carole P. Roman has developed a series of cultural books designed to help parents and educator take the first steps in engaging our children in a fun way of embracing other cultures." Storytellers Campfire.
Written in simple text, this well thought-out story engages readers through colorful pictures and fun Chinese words and phrases. A few things children will enjoy learning about are the Chinese New Year celebration which lasts for 15 days and the different types of foods eaten throughout the country depending on the region you live. Children might also be surprised to learn that China did not allow foreign visitors until the 1970's.
Some of things I was most intrigued by were the Forbidden City with its 4000 rooms and hidden chambers. I also didn't realized that it was the game of table tennis that opened the door for the United States and China to form a relationship. The glossary of Chinese words also helps to instill further learning.
If You Were Me And Lived In...China is a wonderful book which introduces children to a different culture in a captivating and creative way. I highly recommend picking up a copy.