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

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Let's travel to India! Land of bright colors and delicious spices, If You Were Me and Lived in...India, takes young readers on a road trip to learn about this interesting place.

Children will learn how to say mommy and daddy, what type of currency is used, games that youngsters play and a lot of interesting facts about the beautiful land of India.

If You Were Me and Lived in...India adds this ethnically diverse country to the growing, award ...

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Overview

Let's travel to India! Land of bright colors and delicious spices, If You Were Me and Lived in...India, takes young readers on a road trip to learn about this interesting place.

Children will learn how to say mommy and daddy, what type of currency is used, games that youngsters play and a lot of interesting facts about the beautiful land of India.

If You Were Me and Lived in...India adds this ethnically diverse country to the growing, award winning series that is out to cover the entire globe, teaching children about culture and customs all over the world.

The ForeWord Review, Clarion Review gave "If You Were Me and Lived in...Kenya" a coveted five star ranking. The first book in the series, If You Were Me and Lived in...Mexico" received the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children's Nonfiction 2012.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-14
Young readers learn about the culture, geography and life of their peers in India. In Roman's (If You Were Me and Lived In…Kenya, 2013, etc.) latest installment of her cultural series (previous volumes covered France, Mexico and other countries), she transports readers to India, where she takes them on a whirlwind, detailed tour. Geared toward young readers, the story also works as a primer for readers of all ages. Beginning with maps showing India's place in the world and the location of the capital, New Delhi, the book reveals everyday life in India from the perspective of a child. For instance, readers learn what children call their parents—"When you talk to your mommy, you would call her Maaji. Then when you need your daddy, you would say, ‘Pitaji!' "—and about the food—"Some people in India do not eat beef or pork, so there are ways to cook vegetables with interesting spices. Cumin, curry, cinnamon, and chilies are used in abundance to flavor the dishes." Roman describes important sites in the country, such as the Taj Mahal; holidays; sports; and other details. This book, like the others in Roman's series, is engaging and straightforward. The colorful images help comprehension of the text. An illustration of a cricket match, for example, helps show the similarities to American baseball. At the conclusion, a pronunciation key provides phonetic spellings and definitions. In addition, the construction of the sentences throughout the story—"You would…" and "You might like…"—helps young readers imagine themselves in the various scenes. Most kids go to school, play games and celebrate holidays, and Roman's stories help them realize how much we all have in common. A colorful, engaging text that will help young readers find a greater appreciation of another culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781484930861
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/30/2014
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 698,560
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Award winning author Carole P. Roman is delighted to add India to her growing series. She is currently completing If You Were Me and Lived in...Portugal, Greece, and Russia; which she researched and wrote with her five year old grandson, Alexander. Her firs book Captain No Beard An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life was named to Kirkus Best 2012, received the Star of Remarkable Merit, the Pinnacle Award for 2012, and Just recently The Erik Metzroth Award for Best Children's book 2013.
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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    We received this book to give an honest review. Love this series

    We received this book to give an honest review.
    Love this series, and it is great for K to learn about new country and what they have in their country that is the same as ours. Only they call things differently than we do. With this story even though I really enjoyed it some of the words were hard to pronounce thank goodness there was a guide in the back to help out a bit. 
    I love the way the food is portrayed in India, I have never tried it but when reading it I want to try the food to see if it is as spicy and filled with spices as written.
    I recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun learning experiences with learning about another country. It isn't filled it boring facts, it is fun facts with pictures that makes it awesome. 

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  • Posted April 12, 2014

      The newest country we visit is India!  So colorful and histori

      The newest country we visit is India!  So colorful and historically rich.  Your child will love this series of books.  A chance to travel and learn about our world, it's wonderful.  They speak 100 languages in India.




         Carole P. Roman makes traveling fun and educational. It's a perfect way to teach your children the things we all have in common. It will make the world seem a little bit smaller to them.




         I found no issues.




         I gave this on 5 cheers out of 5 because I love this series.   Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~ 

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  • Posted March 20, 2014

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    IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN ...INDIA A Child's Introduction to C

    IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN ...INDIA A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World CAROLE P. ROMAN is another Children's Book/Cultural Education.#7 of this series and what a great series!

    A must read for not only young readers, but for educators, parents and grandparents alike.
    This one is on India, its culture,their games, and so much more. You will be mesmerized by the children of different cultures. Your children can learn a valuable lesson on the diversity of the world though this series, as well as adults. Children are basically the seem everywhere.

    Ms. Roman gives young readers an introduction into cultures around the world with this wonderful, educational series. 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 February 19, 2014

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    If You Were Me and Lived In... India... A Child's Introduction t

    If You Were Me and Lived In... India... A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around The World By Carole P. Roman is the newest picture book introducing young readers to a new country. 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. This book is also significantly longer than the previous editions in this series with notably longer passages of text. This will draw in a wider range of ages including older elementary readers.



    The book starts with a simple illustration of India and its capital. This is followed by a simple cartoon of a globe depicting the relative location of India. It is far from an exact drawing and is very stylistic. The simplicity aids in memory retention. The cloudy sky image textures, photographic in quality, add instant appeal to an outdoor city illustration of New Delhi. The dusky twilight sky backdrop against the illustration of a simple cartoon of a traditional Indian family makes for a beautiful and unexpected presentation. The beautiful sunset and authentic fabric pattern and texture adds an authentic appeal and beauty to a simplistic scene. The taj Mahal two page spread is impressive and visually appealing. The bold text over the full color page spreads gives a busy atmosphere.



    I would like to see this trend of mixed media texture continued 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 Indian ancestry, or even appropriate for 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 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 India and will be introduced to its climate, traditional clothing, tourist attractions, theater and the 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 a blogger I received this book for the purpose of writing this review.

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