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

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Carole P. Roman takes you on a journey this time to Asia, landing in South Korea. Once again, children can learn how life is like for young people on the other side of the globe. From food to famous landmarks, they will learn that's it's easy to find something in common with people in different countries.
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Overview

Carole P. Roman takes you on a journey this time to Asia, landing in South Korea. Once again, children can learn how life is like for young people on the other side of the globe. From food to famous landmarks, they will learn that's it's easy to find something in common with people in different countries.
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Editorial Reviews

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2013-09-15
A crash course in South Korean culture that provides kids with an overview of the country's food, holidays, vocabulary and daily life. This third book in Roman's (Captain No Beard: Strangers on the High Seas, 2013, etc.) series follows the same premise as her previous books on France and Mexico. The book begins by pointing out South Korea's geographical location and landforms, then touches on popular names, types of currency and how South Korean children address their parents. Roman also mentions holidays, activities such as taekwondo, and school routines. It's a very breezy book, with just a fact or two per page, which will be easy for many kids to absorb. The engaging tone keeps the educational aspects from feeling dry or boring. The book series has a simple but effective premise: It teaches kids the basics of another culture in a way that connects it to their own personal lives ("When you call your mommy, you would say Omma. When you address your father, his name would be Appa."). The book pairs text with colorful images that help kids make these associations; for example, a page about Korean cuisine reads, "They would cook the meat right at the table on a very hot plate….Rice is usually always on the table. You would eat your meal with metal chopsticks," and features illustrations of kids and parents at a table using each object. A pronunciation key at the end of the book, meanwhile, will help acquaint kids with the Korean language. Overall, Roman has written another winner, and elementary school classrooms could easily incorporate this book into lessons about South Korea. A simple, thoughtful children's overview of important aspects of South Korean culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481062343
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/14/2013
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 562,359
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Award winning author and former social studies teacher, Carole P. Roman once again takes young readers on a journey around the world. Author of the highly successful Captain No Beard series, she lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.
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  • Posted August 22, 2013

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    IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN....SOUTH KOREA....An Introduction t

    IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN....SOUTH KOREA....An Introduction to Learning About Other Cultures by Carole P. Roman is another educational Children's Book. #2 in the "If You Were me and Lived In....."series. A great book filled with vivid illustrations,facts,cultures of South Korea and will help not only children but adults as well to understand the many different cultures of the world. A must read! I absolutely love this series. Keep them coming, Ms. Roman!!
    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 August 20, 2013

    I personally love books like this! I think it's important that

    I personally love books like this!


    I think it's important that our children learn about all of the various cultures that make up our wonderful world!


    This book was written so that children can easily comprehend what the author is trying to say.


    This would be a great book teachers, libraries, or a child's own book collection!


    My oldest really looked forward to reading this book. We talked about the book after she read it and she told me everything she had learned about the South Korean culture and thought some of their traditions were pretty cool.


    The author did a fantastic job and we look forward to reading more of her books!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2013

    I have had the great opportunity to review quite a few of Carol

    I have had the great opportunity to review quite a few of Carole's books and I love them all. I subscribed my children to Little Passports world edition and we are spending our summer learning about so many places around the world. Carole's books are an excellent addition to our studies and learning process. These books have just enough interesting information to entertain children but not so much that they will shy away thinking it is too much work. I call it their accidental learning. If you have not read any of these books with your children you should consider it. They are awesome and entertaining.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

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    If You Were Me and Lived In... South Korea... A Child's Introduc

    If You Were Me and Lived In... South Korea... 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 the newest edition in a series of picture books focusing on a particular country. It would also be a good book for a family that is interested in their ancestry or appropriate for grade school children as part of a geography or social studies lesson.

    This book follows a similar format as the first books in the series about Mexico and France. 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 South Korea 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. Yet this book is also educational as it may be the only glimpse readers will ever have of South Korea (Republic of Korea - not to be confused with North Korea which is known as the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea DPRK!) It might be good for the author to include the political and geographical distinction between North and South Korea- which probably will be a question that is raised after older children read this book. It is interesting to see the author's stylized depiction of South Korean writing in the market and the park. The foods and dining serve to reinforce American notions of Asian cuisine. as well as the stereotypical ideas of ethnicities 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 scenes. On the page about the school the author should have included a brief explanation of the high tech yellow school vehicle which does not resemble a school bus. In this newest edition to the series the author makes more use of the mixed media textures in the illustrations. After reading this book, I believe the reader may have even more questions about South Korean culture. The pronunciations at the end of the book introduces the child to the native language but it would be better to have the equivalent English words listed as well. 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 July 1, 2014

    First of all I  would like to thank both the author and Bostick

    First of all I  would like to thank both the author and Bostick Communications for allowing me to read and review this book.

    I have given this book 5 stars out of five and they are well worth this in fact I would give it more than this if I could. It is well written and
    illustrated.First of all i'd like to thank the Author and Bostick Communications for allowing me to review these books.

    The Information in these books is presented as a a story which gives the reader information about the countries customs and cultures.
    The stories will keep a child engaged and make them want to learn about different countries and cultures.

    These books along with the others in the series will be a useful part of a Geography Curriculum wether it be school or home school
    based as they will be a good way to introduce children to countries and their cultures/customs.

    I will recommend these books to others as well as buying them as gifts for other children, and I will use them as part of my
    Homeschooling Geography Curriculum.

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  • Posted June 18, 2014

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    ¿If You Were Me and Lived in¿South Korea¿ by Carole P. Roman is

    “If You Were Me and Lived in…South Korea” by Carole P. Roman is a great children’s story that highlights some interesting facts and places in South Korea that will educate people of all ages. I learned many new things about South Korea and enjoyed the book.

    Roman brings to life the culture and everyday living of a typical South Korean, sharing the location of South Korean on the Asian continent, and mentioning the capital city of Seoul. She talks about what children may be named and what toys they may enjoy playing with, along with how they pay for items, comparing the won to the dollar. Mommy and Daddy are well known in the United States and Roman shares what parents are called in South Korea. With these simple facts, the author is able to connect with young children because she is talking with language familiar to them in their limited world.

    This book provides local South Korean places that children would enjoy, as well as activities like Taekwondo that young people can engage in both in South Korea and here in the U.S. Family life is mentioned and the author talks about the great respect children have for their elders, particularly their grandparents. One extremely helpful part of the book is the end where Roman lists a pronunciation guide for the words and names she uses in the book.

    As a former educator, I would have definitely wanted this book in my collection for students young and old. I learned a great deal about South Korea and enjoyed the story as well as illustrations. “If You Were Me and Lived in…South Korea” by Carole P. Roman was light-hearted and fun to read and I think children of all ages would not only enjoy this book, but learn some new facts as well.

    Reviewed by Christine Watson for Reader Views (7/13)

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  • Posted May 7, 2014

    We received this book to give an honest review. We have learned

    We received this book to give an honest review.

    We have learned so much from this wonderful series.
    From what other people call their parents in their native language, to what they eat, what they play with and so much more.
    South Korea is just an amazing place filled with so much cool things to do that me and K would love to experience what it is like to live there. And with this book we got to experience it from reading in our own home. K has learned how to semi-pronounce some of the words and likes to guess what the word being told in a different language means. This is a great book and series to not only have at home but also in school.

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

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    Carole P. Roman pens "If You Were Me and Lived In...South K

    Carole P. Roman pens "If You Were Me and Lived In...South Korea..." in a cute story line that teaches your child, and you, about the South Korean culture. A truly learning experience for children and adults alike. I enjoyed reading about this new culture and even learned something from the book. Highly recommended for all readers.




    This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.

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