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If you were me and lived in... Australia: A Child's Introduction to Cultures around the World
     

If you were me and lived in... Australia: A Child's Introduction to Cultures around the World

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by Carole P. Roman
 
BETHPAGE, N.Y. - Former social studies teacher Carole P. Roman has penned a new addition in her exiting explorations of foreign cultures and customs with "If You Were Me and Lived in ... Australia". In her years as a teacher, parent and grandparent, Roman noticed that there were few, if any, books about other cultures for young children. Roman has remedied the deficit

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BETHPAGE, N.Y. - Former social studies teacher Carole P. Roman has penned a new addition in her exiting explorations of foreign cultures and customs with "If You Were Me and Lived in ... Australia". In her years as a teacher, parent and grandparent, Roman noticed that there were few, if any, books about other cultures for young children. Roman has remedied the deficit and now introduces the new Australia installment in a series that educates kids, parents and teachers, alike.
Roman recognizes that children love to discover the differences and similarities of other people and places in far-off lands. In this series, she describes details that kids can relate to. Tailored to children from 3-to-8-years old, her writing is simple but does not talk down to youngsters.
Among the topics that are introduced in this journey to Australia are the unusual indigenous animals, the extraordinary Great Barrier Reef, the currency, the beloved game of cricket and the national holiday, Australia Day, as well as the special nicknames people have for one another and the curious taste sensation, Vegemite.
"This series is just enough facts to begin a discussion without overwhelming the child and can be expanded or contracted to fit the age group," Roman explains.

"Carole P. Roman has created a marvelous premise for her series of educational children's books: young readers are given the opportunity to realistically envision a foreign country without leaving their homes, libraries, or classrooms....Roman's formula allows for so much lovely variety in each book of this series that it hardly seems like a formula at all...If You Were Me and Lived in ...Kenya is a short, vibrant picture book, brightly illustrated in cartoon style. The text is scant, appropriate, and does not deviate from the central theme." ForeWord Reviews Clarion Review

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Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-30
In the latest installment of Roman’s (The Crew Goes Coconuts!, 2014, etc.) series—which previously examined India, France, Mexico and elsewhere—elementary age readers learn about the culture, geography and everyday lives of children in Australia.This entry in Roman’s series opens with a map showing the shape of the country, an explanation of how it got its name, its location on the globe and the location of its capital city. Roman then mentions the major cities. From there, readers learn about things important to kids, e.g., what Australian kids call their parents—“You would call your mommy, ‘mummy’ (m-uh-mee) and your dad would answer to ‘daddy’ (Da-dee), just like in America.”—and what games they play: “cricket (crick-it), an outdoor game played on a large grass field with balls, bats, and two wickets (wick-its), which are posts that serve as goals.” Roman also describes tourist attractions, such as the Great Barrier Reef, and mentions that Australia’s currency is called the dollar, just like in the U.S. She even explains what a vegemite sandwich is—“dark brown vegetable paste [spread] onto white bread with some Western Star butter.” The story is lively and engaging, with pages of bright, colorful illustrations to help explain the text and make it more educational and appealing to kids. For instance, the page about Dad grilling on the “barbie” shows a father cooking shrimp and steaks. In past volumes, the glossary/pronunciation guide was located at the back of the book, but in this one, phonetic spellings are also sprinkled throughout the text—a distracting change, especially since some words, such as “daddy (Da-dee)” and “Jack (J-ae-k),” aren’t dramatically different in American English. Despite that, as with the other books in this enlightening and approachable series, this entry will help kids see the similarities and differences between their own lives and those of their peers around the world.Kids will easily and enjoyably learn the basics about Australian life and culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781490522395
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
03/26/2014
Pages:
28
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.07(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

About the Author:
A former social studies teacher, award-winning author Carole P. Roman has added a new book to her cultural education series titled "If You Were Me and Lived in ... Australia." Other books in the series have featured France, South Korea and Turkey, and the book about Mexico was awarded the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs Pinnacle Award for Best in Children's Interest in 2012. Roman loves to learn about many places, but there's no place like home and family in Long Island, N.Y.

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If you were me and lived in... Australia: A Child's Introduction to Cultures around the World 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
PennyMindingMom More than 1 year ago
We love to travel. My kids can’t wait to travel the world. My son wants to go see “Thomas the Train” and my daughter is convinced she can make it to some imaginary island that only she knows the directions to. For now though, we’ll travel the world from the comfort of our living room couch. “If You Were Me And Lived In…Australia” by Carole P. Roman will take you on an journey of discovery to the land down under. This is another installment of the “If You Were Me And Lived In…” Series. Ms. Roman introduces us to the Australian culture. I love how she takes facts about the country and presents them in a way that excites the reader into wanting to learn more. My daughter loves to use these books as a launching pad to learn more about different cultures. We enjoy learning about our similarities and differences between our cultures. Just today my daughter and I were talking about how some names are more popular in some areas than others. We learned that many of the names are the same as many of our friends here in Canada! Ms. Roman has taken the time to create a Pronunciation Guide. As you read the through the book many of the words have the pronunciation key in parenthesis after the words so that you can sound it out as you are reading it, without having to turn to the official guide at the back of the book. The illustrations are bright and colourful. They will help your child visualize what is talking about. I do wish that a couple of them were a little more detailed, but ultimately they are illustrations for kids and my son and daughter enjoyed looking at them. Their favourite pages were the underwater scenes. “If You Were Me And Lived In…Australia” is a gentle introduction to Australia. We learned about favourite foods, money and even what they call Mom and Dad. The book helped my children learn that even though we can be oceans apart we are all basically the same. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
In this country, we'll learn about sea life, native cultures and again taste some of the local favorites. We'll be heading south for this trip. Really far south.. to Australia. They have a very old history and until the 1700's it was isolated from the rest of the world. There is so much more to learn, so come on! I love these books as a teaching tool. It is a wonderful way to teach children about other cultures and countries. It gets them excited about learning. Your littles will love these books. I found no issues with this one. I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it's a fun way of teaching and learning.   ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
Former teacher, Carole P. Roman, writes children’s social study books that are an introduction to learning about other cultures. I am reviewing If You Were Me and Lived in Australia which has a little boy and girl showing the location of Australia on a globe. You learn first of all where Australia is located and that it is a continent all by itself. Some of the basics of Roman’s culture books include names for Mommy and Daddy, types of food enjoyed in that culture, and activities – sports, etc. – they have. I found particularly interesting the page covering the Great Barrier Reef which is peculiar to the ocean around Australia.  Australia is English speaking but they pronounce their words differently from the English spoken in America. Roman provided a pronunciation guide in the back, with brief definition, of specific words. To date, Carole P. Roman has written and printed the following If You Were Me and Lived in…… books: Mexico, France, South Korea, Norway, Turkey, Kenya, India, and Australia. Chat With Vera has reviewed most of these. I invite you to read my reviews and see if these might be good books to add to the library of that special child of yours. They are especially nice to have on hand in the home school library or school classroom library. DISCLOSURE: The author provided a complimentary copy of If You Were Me and Lived In Australia in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own and I was not compensated for this review.