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

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Number four in a series of world culture, If You Were Me and Lived in... Turkey, explores cultural differences through a child's understanding. A respectful and lively treatment of the subtle differences of the people from different parts of the globe we share. Join Carole P.Roman as she travels to learn out the people, culture, and customs of the people Turkey.
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Overview

Number four in a series of world culture, If You Were Me and Lived in... Turkey, explores cultural differences through a child's understanding. A respectful and lively treatment of the subtle differences of the people from different parts of the globe we share. Join Carole P.Roman as she travels to learn out the people, culture, and customs of the people Turkey.
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2014-02-14
Roman (If You Were Me and Lived In …Kenya, 2013, etc.) introduces children to the history, geography and customs of Turkey in this colorful primer. This entry in the author's cultural series follows the format of the books that preceded it, which took young readers to Mexico, France, Kenya and other countries. In this case, Roman gives children a brief lesson on the geography of Turkey before moving on to everyday customs. Kids learn about Turkish holidays, landmarks, children's names and money (at the market, "you would use lira to pay for things"). The book also describes family life and popular toys and games: "Of course, you would love to play soccer, but you would call it football, because you use only your feet. Maybe you would rather play with a doll, which is called a bebek." In clear and simple language, Roman demystifies customs that many young readers may be hearing about for the first time, such as when she explains: "You would enjoy a feast of borek and doner kebabs. Borek is a delightful pastry stuffed with meat, cheese, or potatoes. Doner kebab is marinated, grilled lamb that is served with a round bread called pide." Colorful illustrations, depicting activities such as eating borek or visiting a market, convey additional information. The frequent use of "you" encourages children to imagine themselves visiting Turkey, which makes the book a good choice for early elementary school students studying geography or world cultures. And with Turkish cuisine becoming more widely available in American restaurants, the descriptions of food may give readers ideas for dishes they'd like to try closer to home. Taken as a whole, Roman's series can help kids see that while they may have different names or eat different foods than do their peers in other countries, they have many things in common. A simple introduction to Turkey that may especially appeal to elementary school children who are learning about life in other countries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481979849
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/29/2013
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 1,151,001
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Former social studies teacher Carole P. Roman's fourth entry in her cultural series, "If You Were Me a Lived in..." takes young readers to Turkey. The series has been embraced by parents, educators, as well as her target audience, children ages 3-8. Her award winning series Captain No Beard, has developed a huge fan base. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.
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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    We received this book to give an honest review. Me and K both lo

    We received this book to give an honest review.
    Me and K both love learning about new places! And we got to read about Turkey in this wonderful book. We learned what people in Turkey eat, what they use for money, what school is called, and what you call your mother and father which is awesome. 
    This story makes learning about a new country so much more fun than just reading facts. 

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  • Posted March 20, 2014

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    IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN ....TURKEY An Child's Introduction t

    IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN ....TURKEY An Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World CAROLE P. ROMAN is another Children's Book/Cultural Education. A must read for your not only young readers, but for educators, parents and grandparents alike.

    Ms. Roman gives young readers an introduction into cultures around the world with this wonderful, educational series. This is a delightful series, and well worth the time to read,savor and enjoy with your little ones. Very educational! I so enjoy this series. Received for an honest review.

    RATING: 5

    HEAT RATING: NONE

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

         This trip we head to Turkey.  What a colorful place that is

         This trip we head to Turkey.  What a colorful place that is rich in history Turkey is.  We get to experience the things the people of Turkey do in a weeks time.  




         Carole P. Roman does a fantastic job of sharing the culture, language and history of far away places.  Children get the chance to peek into someone else's world with these books.  New words  and different celebrations but Ms Roman shows we are all basically the same.




         I didn't find any issues.




         I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it's another window into the world. ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review

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  • Posted January 27, 2014

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

    If You Were Me and Lived In... Turkey... 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. Literally, this book takes only two minutes to read cover to cover but it will hold a child's attention. This book follows a similar format as the first books in the series about Mexico, South Korea, and France. Yet in this newest edition, the author makes greater use of a variety of textures and mixed media in producing the illustrations. The water texture, and cloudy sky image textures add instant appeal to an outdoor city illustration of Instanbul. The dusky sky backdrop against the illustration of a simple yet distorted line drawn market and cobblestone road makes for a beautiful and unexpected presentation. The beautiful sunset and authentic stone texture adds an authentic appeal and beauty to a simplistic scene. I would like to see this trend continued to a greater degree in future books. I am happy to see the direction that Roman is taking with the illustrations in her geography picture books. I believe the "Carlesque" styled mixed media illustrations with the simple line cartoons in her newest book are an unexpected treat. Mixed media illustrations are very popular and appealing for young readers as evidenced by the popularity of Eric Carle's kids' books. By combining geography with mixed media- I believe that Roman will generate even greater interest and attention for her educational series.


    This story would also be a good choice for a family that is interested in their Turkish ancestry, a family vacation or even appropriate for pre school children as part of a social studies lesson. This consistency of these geography books makes this series perfect for the school setting. An educator can count on the fact that young children will be introduced to the basics. The predictability of the book's format will also appeal to younger readers who are familiar with the series. In this addition to the series, the child will learn about the geographical location of Turkey and will be introduced to its climate, tourist attractions- and the impressive Hagia Sophia, local foods, sports and other social norms. Full color, simply drawn cartoon drawings with the unique texture accents compliment the text. 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 and definitions to reinforce the material learned in the story.




    At some point in the future, I would like to see Roman combine all the editions of this series into one larger encyclopedia type of volume in order to create one single comprehensive text. I would also like to see the illustrations revamped and updated in order to incorporate more of the mixed media textures as well. I believe that her loyal readers would be interested in having all these editions in one book. To do this would be a wonderful educational and entertaining resource. This would also make the book more accessible and convenient to educators and schools in the public and private sectors as well as home schoolers. I am curious to know how Roman determines which countries to feature and whether she will eventually cover the majority of countries around the globe. As a blogger I received this book for the purpose of writing this review.

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