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If You Were Me and Lived in ...Kenya: A Child's Introduction to Cultures around the World

If You Were Me and Lived in ...Kenya: A Child's Introduction to Cultures around the World

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by Carole P. Roman
Let's travel to Kenya! Number five in this exciting series travels to Africa to learn about the thrilling country of Kenya. This extraordinary book "If You Were Me and Lived in...Kenya- A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World" explores life for children on a new continent. The book touches on many familiar topics such as names, money, games,and food as


Let's travel to Kenya! Number five in this exciting series travels to Africa to learn about the thrilling country of Kenya. This extraordinary book "If You Were Me and Lived in...Kenya- A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World" explores life for children on a new continent. The book touches on many familiar topics such as names, money, games,and food as well the sites and sounds that come with living in Africa.

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.

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Roman (If You Were Me and Lived In…Norway, 2013, etc.) offers a children's primer of the geography, sports, food and vocabulary that Kenyan kids encounter in their daily lives. The latest installment in this cultural series—preceded by books on Mexico, France, South Korea and Norway—takes young readers to the African nation of Kenya, where they get a short, engaging lesson on the country's culture. The opening phrase "If you were me…" helps kids imagine a narrator not much different from themselves. Their Kenyan counterpart lives with their parents ("If you needed your mommy, you would call for Mzazi. When you are speaking to your daddy, you would call him Baba"), buys milk from the market and pays for it "with a shilling," eats snacks ("samosa, a small triangular pastry filled with meat or vegetables and fried in oil") and goes to school. The book covers Mombasa Carnival, a large yearly festival, and discusses its importance. It also explains the basics of cricket, a popular sport in Kenya, and the fact that kids usually entertain themselves with handmade toys. Roman's books are successful since she draws connections between cultures while maintaining a tone that keeps young readers engaged. Colorful illustrations further enhance the text, such as one showing kids playing with cricket bats. A glossary at the end offers a pronunciation key for the unfamiliar words throughout. This series of books would be a natural fit in school classrooms and would also provide a good way for parents to teach their own kids about the cultures, languages and geography of different countries. This installment is a quick read that may help kids see the similarities between themselves and their Kenyan peers. An excellent introduction to the Kenyan culture for children.

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8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.08(d)
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1 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Award winning author and former social studies teacher, Carole P. Roman is delighted to add Kenya to her wonderful series, "If You Were me and Lived in..." Her other series Captain No Beard has won numerous awards and has been recognized by both parents and teachers alike as a successful way to introduce lessons on tolerance, sharing, bullying, and responsibility. She lives on Long Island with her husband and very near her children and grandchildren who fill her life with joy.

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If You Were Me and Lived in ...Kenya: A Child's Introduction to Cultures around the World 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
JAMBO! (Hello) This is a children’s book telling about life, and the way people live, in the country of Kenya. Each of the twenty-six pages is colored, and half the pages contain brightly illustrated pictures. This soft, paper-bound-book, is aimed toward three to eight-year-old children. This book contains information about Kenya including the type of money used, the people that live in the country and the geographic location on the globe. All of it is presented in a fun and simple way that children can understand. The back of the book contains a list of words associated with Kenya, and the way to pronounce them. The author does a great job of pointing out the things that are the same, and things that are different, for people in other parts of the world. For instance, she shares the common names for children in Kenya. They are Kiano, Jaramogi, or Gacoki for boys and Akeyo, Kioni, or Dalia for girls. Children can relate to this because everyone has a name, but the Kenyan names are also different from the ones common in their country. Ms. Roman also makes this point again when telling about playtime, an activity all children like, and are familiar with. But in Kenya, the children like to play a game called Cricket, which American children most likely are unfamiliar with. Again, this is a great example of something being both alike, and different, at the same time. As children either read this book, or listen while it is read to them, things they are not familiar with are presented, but children also see that some differences contain common ground. The eye-catching colors and pictures in the book should also be attractive to children. Reading this book is a fun way for learning to take place while it is in the disguise of a story. I recommend this 5-star book to anyone wanting a painless and entertaining way for youngsters to learn about the geography, culture, and people in Kenya. I’d like to thank the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
This is another series in Ms. Roman’s cultural knowledge from around the world. “If You Were Me and Lived in Kenya” is very interesting, easy to read, great graphics and covers many of the topics children are interested in. Zoey: I loved loved this book. The pictures were great, but the information about what kids call their parents, the food and culture was amazing. I never knew about so many things, but I do know we have studied this in school, but not like this. Cooking goat on a spit, or playing the game called Cricket was very new to me. My great-grandmother used to play Cricket in England where she was born. I was amazed that kids made up their own toys from sticks or cloth and had a great time. It’s just like when I like to paint a box into a car or bed for my dolls. I read this two times and then took it to my teacher, I am in 4th grade and she read it to the class. Now we all want to get more books from this author! We decided that from what we learned from this book we would have a Kenya day where we all dressed up and pretended we were living in Kenya. Each of us had to do our own research on Kenya and then talk about it in class. Nana: Zoey loved this book, she has read it so many times and then we talk about it. She looked up information on the computer about Kenya and showed it to us. This book was so easy to read, very educational and now when we go to the library we look and get more books on this. “If You Were Me and Lived in Kenya” by Carole P. Roman was such an exciting adventure, and I can’t wait to read other books in her series. Reviewed by Zoey Crane (age 9) for Reader Views (12/13)
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
We received this book to give an honest review. I was really glad that we got the opportunity to review about another country. It gives you a bit of insight as to what you can see, what different words are called and it is perfect for kids.  It is very educational and one that I would recommend for teachers to read to their students if they are happening to learn about different countries. I really enjoyed how the author showed that the children used their imaginations to make their own toys it is because they don't have much and they make the best with what they have. Lovely lovely book that I highly recommend. I will for sure be reading the rest of the books in this series. 
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN....KENYA: A CHILD'S INTRODUCTION TO CULTURE AROUND THE WORLD by CAROLE P. ROMAN is an interesting Children's book/Culture. "I liked this book because it tells you how life would be if you lived in Kenya. I like the pictures. I would recommend this book for children ages 7 and older. I gave this book a 4 because it teaches you a lot and has very, very good pictures." This title was written and reviewed by a nine year, but as her grandmother I totally agree. Ms. Roman has written a simple but educational story. A wonderful read! Received for an honest review from the author. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: NONE REVIEWED BY: Baby Girl, & AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More