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

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

by Carole P. Roman, Kelsea Wierenga


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Former social studies teacher Carole P. Roman has penned a new addition in her exiting explorations of foreign cultures and customs with “If You Were Me and Lived in … Australia". In her years as a teacher, parent and grandparent, Roman noticed that there were few, if any, books about other cultures for young children. Roman has remedied the deficit and now introduces the new Australia installment in a series that educates kids, parents and teachers, alike. Roman recognizes that children love to discover the differences and similarities of other people and places in far-off lands. In this series, she describes details that kids can relate to. Tailored to children from 3-to-8-years old, her writing is simple but does not talk down to youngsters. Among the topics that are introduced in this journey to Australia are the unusual indigenous animals, the extraordinary Great Barrier Reef, the currency, the beloved game of cricket and the national holiday, Australia Day, as well as the special nicknames people have for one another and the curious taste sensation, Vegemite. “This series is just enough facts to begin a discussion without overwhelming the child and can be expanded or contracted to fit the age group,” Roman explains. "Carole P. Roman has created a marvelous premise for her series of educational children's books: young readers are given the opportunity to realistically envision a foreign country without leaving their homes, libraries, or classrooms....Roman's formula allows for so much lovely variety in each book of this series that it hardly seems like a formula at all...If You Were Me and Lived in ...Kenya is a short, vibrant picture book, brightly illustrated in cartoon style. The text is scant, appropriate, and does not deviate from the central theme." ForeWord Reviews Clarion Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947118348
Publisher: Chelshire, Inc.
Publication date: 04/19/2017
Series: If You Were Me and Lived in...Cultural Series , #8
Pages: 28
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, IAN Award, Moonbeam Award 2014, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist, Shelf Media Outstanding Series Award, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader's Views Children's Book of the Year 2013. Roman is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series If You Were Me and Lived in... that explores customs and cultures around the world. She has co-authored a self-help book, Navigating Indieworld A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.

Kelsea Wierenga graduated with a BFA in illustration from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2016. After working in the publishing industry for four years, she became a freelance children's book illustrator and began her partnership with author Carole P. Roman and the award-winning "If You Were Me and Lived in..." series. Kelsea lives in West Michigan with her husband and three daughters.

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If you were me and lived in... Australia: A Child's Introduction to Cultures around the World 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Award-winning Carole P Roman's series If You Were Me and Lived in...is a wonderful way to introduce children, ages pre-K to 8 years, to cultures of people around the world. Australia, beautifully illustrated in full-color drawings and simply written, is sure to capture a child's interest and imagination. A pronunciation guide at the back enables children to learn simple Australian words and names of places. From learning that people who live there are Aussies to learning about Canberra, the capital city, from eating Vegemite sandwiches for lunch to playing cricket with friends and from celebrating Australia Day to going snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, kids will learn about Australia the country 'down under'. It is well known that books can take an armchair reader (or one sitting on a lap) anywhere and Roman does a fantastic job of globetrotting with her readers to Australia--a country and a continent all in one. Highly recommended for a child's library. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author. I was not required to write a review and the opinions are my own.
PennyMindingMom More than 1 year ago
We love to travel. My kids can’t wait to travel the world. My son wants to go see “Thomas the Train” and my daughter is convinced she can make it to some imaginary island that only she knows the directions to. For now though, we’ll travel the world from the comfort of our living room couch. “If You Were Me And Lived In…Australia” by Carole P. Roman will take you on an journey of discovery to the land down under. This is another installment of the “If You Were Me And Lived In…” Series. Ms. Roman introduces us to the Australian culture. I love how she takes facts about the country and presents them in a way that excites the reader into wanting to learn more. My daughter loves to use these books as a launching pad to learn more about different cultures. We enjoy learning about our similarities and differences between our cultures. Just today my daughter and I were talking about how some names are more popular in some areas than others. We learned that many of the names are the same as many of our friends here in Canada! Ms. Roman has taken the time to create a Pronunciation Guide. As you read the through the book many of the words have the pronunciation key in parenthesis after the words so that you can sound it out as you are reading it, without having to turn to the official guide at the back of the book. The illustrations are bright and colourful. They will help your child visualize what is talking about. I do wish that a couple of them were a little more detailed, but ultimately they are illustrations for kids and my son and daughter enjoyed looking at them. Their favourite pages were the underwater scenes. “If You Were Me And Lived In…Australia” is a gentle introduction to Australia. We learned about favourite foods, money and even what they call Mom and Dad. The book helped my children learn that even though we can be oceans apart we are all basically the same. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
In this country, we'll learn about sea life, native cultures and again taste some of the local favorites. We'll be heading south for this trip. Really far south.. to Australia. They have a very old history and until the 1700's it was isolated from the rest of the world. There is so much more to learn, so come on! I love these books as a teaching tool. It is a wonderful way to teach children about other cultures and countries. It gets them excited about learning. Your littles will love these books. I found no issues with this one. I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it's a fun way of teaching and learning.   ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
Former teacher, Carole P. Roman, writes children’s social study books that are an introduction to learning about other cultures. I am reviewing If You Were Me and Lived in Australia which has a little boy and girl showing the location of Australia on a globe. You learn first of all where Australia is located and that it is a continent all by itself. Some of the basics of Roman’s culture books include names for Mommy and Daddy, types of food enjoyed in that culture, and activities – sports, etc. – they have. I found particularly interesting the page covering the Great Barrier Reef which is peculiar to the ocean around Australia.  Australia is English speaking but they pronounce their words differently from the English spoken in America. Roman provided a pronunciation guide in the back, with brief definition, of specific words. To date, Carole P. Roman has written and printed the following If You Were Me and Lived in…… books: Mexico, France, South Korea, Norway, Turkey, Kenya, India, and Australia. Chat With Vera has reviewed most of these. I invite you to read my reviews and see if these might be good books to add to the library of that special child of yours. They are especially nice to have on hand in the home school library or school classroom library. DISCLOSURE: The author provided a complimentary copy of If You Were Me and Lived In Australia in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own and I was not compensated for this review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite Australia is awesome! I enjoyed learning about Australia in the book If You Were Me and Lived in... Australia: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World. Author Carole P. Roman has researched the country, organized the information into topics, written and illustrated this children’s picture book. But it’s more than a picture book—it’s educational and makes me want to visit the country. I like how she includes the pronunciation in parentheses following an unusual word, so that we know how to pronounce these new and unusual words. I used to pronounce the capital city Canberra as Can-bear-a, but now I know it’s Can-bruh. She also includes a Pronunciation Guide at the back of the book with all the unique words found in the text. Australia is an interesting and very different country and the author has captured the essence of it. I enjoyed looking at the illustrations in this children’s picture book to determine which part is a real photograph and which part is a drawing. It’s an interesting technique found throughout If You Were Me and Lived in... Australia: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World. The book is well organized by topics of interest to children. Schools, libraries, and homes will want to stock this book, as well as the other books in the series. I like how the author compares words in America with the word in Australia. This book also includes special holidays or traditions experienced in Australia. Children and teachers will enjoy these comparisons and will find the new words interesting.