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If You Were Me and Lived In... France: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World

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  • Posted May 15, 2013

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    This colorful little book is a helpful guide for youngsters who

    This colorful little book is a helpful guide for youngsters who want to learn more about France.  With this book, children will learn France's capital, geographic location, and popular monuments.  Readers will also learn popular terms, such as currency, boys' names, girls' names, places of shopping, sports, and more.  At the back of the book is a guide for how to phonetically pronounce said French words.  In terms of cultural diversity, this book is great at promoting racial tolerance and friendship.  I also liked how the illustrations included different types of people in France.  Not everyone looked the same, and there were even black people.  The fact that not everyone in a different country looks the same is a lesson children should learn early on.  In one part of the book that addresses France's independence, there is a drawing with soldiers holding guns.  Whether or not adults like that is up to them, and they may use their own discretion.  However, the soldiers are marching and not shooting anyone in the picture.  Speaking of illustrations, I liked the use of graphics for the little girl's shirt in this book.

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  • Posted May 15, 2013

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    If You Were Me and Lived In France.... A Child's Introduction to

    If You Were Me and Lived In France.... A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around The World By Carole P. Roman is a new picture book introducing young readers to a new country. This book is another edition in a series of picture books focusing on a particular country. It would also be a good book to read to children before a family vacation to France, or for a family that is interested in their French ancestry. This book would appropriate for grade school children as part of a geography or social studies lesson.

    This book follows a similar format as the first book in the series about Mexico. This consistency makes this series perfect for the school setting. The predictability of the book's format will appeal to younger readers. In this addition to the series, the reader will learn about the geographical location of France and will be introduced to historic buildings, coinage, tourist attractions, local foods, national holidays, sports and other social norms. Full color, simply drawn cartoon drawings compliment the text. The drawing of the markets for example, features flowers and local pastry. It reinforces the stereotypical ideas of France in the context of their actual settings. Apparently a special hallmark of this series is the inclusion of a unique and unexpected pattern which is integrated into the bedroom scene. In this case, the blanket features an authentic French flower pattern. It would be nice to see this pattern mix throughout the book. The last page includes pronunciations of some of the words used in the book. As a blogger I received this book for the purpose of writing this review.

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