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

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"If You Were Me and Lived in...France-A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World" is the second book in Carole P. Roman's remarkable series about countries all over the globe. With each book covering a different nation, Roman opens up a world of wonder while highlighting the fact that underneath it all we are far more alike than we might have imagined. Focusing on what life would be like from a child's viewpoint, she examines the diversity of the people who make up our planet.
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Overview

"If You Were Me and Lived in...France-A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World" is the second book in Carole P. Roman's remarkable series about countries all over the globe. With each book covering a different nation, Roman opens up a world of wonder while highlighting the fact that underneath it all we are far more alike than we might have imagined. Focusing on what life would be like from a child's viewpoint, she examines the diversity of the people who make up our planet.
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Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
Roman's (Captain No Beard: Strangers on the High Seas, 2013, etc.) latest children's book offers an introduction to French culture that highlights similarities in the lives of American and French children. This second book in the author's If You Were Me and Lived in… series focuses on France and its history, culture and language. The book is geared toward elementary school age children, and, as such, explores French life through a child's eyes. Each page addresses the reader as "you," aiming to create a connection between the reader and the narrator, a French child. The book begins with a map of France, pointing out its location in Western Europe, and then gives readers a tour of the country. Kids learn why Paris is called the "City of Light," what they would call their parents in French, and what the French word for "school" is. The narrator also asks questions such as, "If your parents bought bread in a boulangerie, they would pay in euros. What else do you think they would have in a boulangerie?"--an ideal jumping-off point for a classroom unit on France. The book also covers French food, sports, holidays, toys and other aspects of the culture and helps American kids make comparisons and connections by, for example, likening hazelnut spread to peanut butter. Roman is also the author of the charming Captain No Beard series, and her approachable writing style succeeds here as well. Although the book's premise is simple, the author ably explains cultural similarities and differences, and the colorful illustrations help keep things light. The book also includes a pronunciation guide to help kids sound out French names and nouns. A book that engagingly helps young Americans see what they share in common with French children.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481032001
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/2/2013
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 500,085
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Award winning author Carole P. Roman's is happy to be launching five books in her new cultural series. Her first book "Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" was named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012, as well as received a Star of Remarkable Merit. It has been gotten the Pinnacle Award for one of the Best Indi Children's Books of 2013. " Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience"- Vol 2 in the series has received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review- The Clarion. She has added two more books to that series. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and very near her children and grandchildren.
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  • Posted August 22, 2013

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    IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN ....FRANCE...: A CHILD'S INTRODUCTIO

    IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN ....FRANCE...: A CHILD'S INTRODUCTION TO CULTURES AROUND THE WORLD by Carole P. Roman is another delightful children's book. #2 in this series. Another introduction to the different cultures around the world,this one is on France. It is filled with vivid illustrations,facts about the country,their culture,the life and diversity of the people of France. A wonderful educational tool for both children and adults alike. Received for an honest review from the author.
    RATING: 4.5
    HEAT RATING: NONE(CHILDREN'S)
    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

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    If I lived in France I would speak French.  My home would be in


    If I lived in France I would speak French.  My home would be in Western Europe.  Maybe I would live close to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.  Pari is also known as "The City of Light".  My name might be Jacqueline and instead of calling my parents Mommy or Daddy I would call them Maman and Papa.  If we visited the Eiffel tower we would get to take an elevator to the top.  

    Can you guess the most popular sport in France?  What would you like to know about children's culture in France?

    I enjoyed pretending to be French.  Living near the Eiffel Tower would be so amazing.  The author had some wonderful facts about France and the culture of the people who live there.  The writing and illustrations were informative to a child's standpoint with bold primary colors that will stimulate there minds and imagination wanting to learn more about France.  

    I am looking forward to book three in this series.

    I highly recommend this book. This would be a good series to have in a school, classroom. library or a child's home library.

    Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from the author/Bostick Communications for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

    We received this book to give an honest review. This is the seco

    We received this book to give an honest review.
    This is the second book we have read in this series, and I really enjoy it. You get to learn about France in a way that makes it fun to learn and not boring. I enjoyed how at the end of the book it shows you some of the words and how to pronounce them. 
    K enjoyed learning about the Eiffel tower that was in the book and informed me it looks like an A. 
    This story is written in a way that it captures the children into learning about a new place and their culture. 
    The only problem I had and it isn't anything major is when you open the book you get a picture of France and it shows you were Paris is. It was hard to read the word Paris in black letters on the blue background.

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