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If you were me and lived in... Mexico: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World

If you were me and lived in... Mexico: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World

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by Carole P. Roman

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"If You Were Me and Lived in ...Mexico-A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World" is the first entry in an exciting new children's series that focuses on learning and appreciating the many cultures that make up our small planet. Perfect for children from Pre-K to age 8, this book is a groundbreaking new experience in elementary education. Interesting facts


"If You Were Me and Lived in ...Mexico-A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World" is the first entry in an exciting new children's series that focuses on learning and appreciating the many cultures that make up our small planet. Perfect for children from Pre-K to age 8, this book is a groundbreaking new experience in elementary education. Interesting facts and colorful illustrations help children realize that although the world is large, people all over the globe are basically the same.

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Supported by primary colors and playful illustrations, Roman (Stuck in the Doldrums: A Lesson in Sharing--A Captain No Beard Story, 2013, etc.) takes little ones on a journey through the sights, sounds and spaces of Mexico. A nameless young boy and girl guide readers through different details of Mexican life, touching on its geographic location; its capital, Mexico City; and several landmark structures, including the historic Mayan pyramid, Chichén Itzá. In addition to these larger attractions, Roman shares tidbits of information about everyday cultural highlights such as traditional Mexican names, holidays, sports, currency and food. The prose is unimaginative in places, but the simple vocabulary will be accessible for young or beginning readers, and a helpful pronunciation guide will aid readers who are unfamiliar with the Spanish words used throughout. This format perhaps works best when, after using a Spanish word in a sentence, Roman asks the reader its meaning; for instance, after writing about learning in "la escuela," the narrator asks, "Can you guess what that is?" It's almost possible to hear children excitedly answering, "School!" Elsewhere, the story is strongest when directly engaging readers, allowing children to connect the story to their own personal experiences: "You would love to celebrate a holiday called Decubrimiento de América. It is a day to honor the discovery of Christopher Columbus in 1492. Do you have a day like that too?" Connections between the highlighted details are sometimes difficult to follow, however, which undermines the narrative flow. Roman links together some of the examples but not consistently, causing the book to sometimes read more like a vocabulary exercise than a fully realized tale. Despite some weaknesses, a helpful introduction to Mexico for early elementary students and a useful addition to a Spanish language lesson.

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CreateSpace Publishing
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Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.07(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Awarding winning author and former social studies teacher, Carole P. Roman has combined her love of teaching with a fun new way to learn about people and different cultures around the world. Her debut book, "Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" was named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012.

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If you were me and lived in... Mexico: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Carole pens "If You Were Me and Lived in... Mexico" in a tale that is a pleasure to read and in basic everyday words that introduces children to other cultures. Her colorful illustrations clearly show what each message she is portraying in an easy and simple way. Honestly, I actually learned something about Mexico from her book and I'm sure there are other adults that would also. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN .....MEXICO...A CHILD'S INTRODUCTION TO CULTURES AROUND THE WORLD by Carole P. Roman is a delightful Children's Book. For ages pre-K to 8 years of age. Another great book from this author for children. A definite for children of all ages who wish to have a beginning learning tool in the Mexican culture. What a wonderful experience that will help children appreciate and better understand other cultures. Educators and children alike will enjoy this title. A great read for all ages. I enjoyed this title with it's vivid illustrations,and introduction into the Mexican culture. A must read! Received for an honest review from the author. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: NONE (CHILDREN'S BOOKS) REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful look at life in Mexico.  It introduces Spanish and traditions of the Mexican people.  It's the perfect way to introduce other countries and cultures to children. It's simply written and easy to understand.  Many children will be able to read this and understand the traditions from Mexico from other shows.        I love books like this. When my children were little I used books like this to show them people of the world.  We used some of the traditions to make them sink in just a bit more. Carole P. Roman is fantastic at capturing what children love most to read about. Your children will love this book as much as her others.      I found no issues.      I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because this is a fantastic teaching tool.   ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
If You Were Me and Lived In Mexico.... 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 first in a series of picture books focusing on a particular country. The young reader will learn about the geographical location of Mexico and will be briefly 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. The drawing of the market for example, features traditional patterned blankets, authentic local foods as well as vague unidentified gray colored objects hanging from a string. I imagine these are either fish or animal pelts. Apparently in Mexican shops there is no attempt to separate produce or meat from the nonedible items and textiles that are also for sale. On the page that shows a boy watching "futbol", the TV screen has an actual photographic image of an actual game. This is a unique and unexpected touch which will be certain to surprise the reader. The last page includes pronunciations of some of the words used in the book. I feel this book would be suitable for the school market for grade school children. Although it clearly isn't a text book it would make an appropriate quick story to supplement a geography lesson. It would also be a good book to read to children before a family vacation to Mexico. As a blogger I received this book for the purpose of writing this review.
Teresa_Konopka More than 1 year ago
This book is just one in a series about different world countries.  This one focuses on Mexico.  It is simple enough for children to understand, but, to be honest, people of all ages can learn from this book series.  The book goes over the country's capital, geographic location, popular tourism sites, sports, and a major national / cultural holiday of that nation.  Readers will also learn some words in the native language of that country.  For this book, since we are in Mexico, reads learn some Spanish terms for names, monetary units, food, and more.  There is even a page in the very back of the book that helps readers with pronunciations if they are unsure how to say certain phrases that are used in the book.  As a children's book, I like how this book was geared to both girls and boys.  As we turn the pages, we see both the boy and girl characters getting involved in learning about Mexico.  This series is great in that it not only educates children on social studies but that it promotes peace and cultural / ethnic equality.  
TheStuffofSuccess More than 1 year ago
Carole does a great job in this book of providing some strong examples of what Mexico is like in a fun way for kids to understand.  She has excellent illustrations to go along with her messages.  In a less entertaining way she could have used flash cards.  But a child will view flashcards as more work versus fun.  This book makes learning about Mexico fun.  The end of the book even has a list of terms and pronunciations.  My children participate in Little Passports and this education about Mexico will be a great addition to their suitcase... I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
PennyMindingMom More than 1 year ago
My kids are getting more and more interested in the world around them. We recently sponsored a little boy from Mexico and have been exchanging letters with him and learning about his life.  The more this little boy shares with my kids, the more they want to learn.  They want to know things like his favourite food and what sports he plays. "If You Were Me And Lived In Mexico" by Carole P Roman takes you and your child on an exploration of Mexico. The author takes facts about Mexico and presents them in a kid friendly way.  As a parent I love that the author takes the time to show how the words are pronounced.  When I am reading out loud to the kids I hate when I don't know if I'm saying something right. The illustrations that accompany each fact help my kids visualize what we are talking about.  The picture of the Mayan temple lead to a discussion on how high it must be and why it has so many steps. It really captured their interest and they want to research it more when we get to a computer. "If You Were Me And Lived In Mexico" helps my children learn more about the lives of children in Mexico.  We learned about favourite foods, money and even what they call Mom and Dad. The book helped my children learn that even though the world is a large place 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.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
We received this book to give an honest review. Love how we get to learn a bit about different countries in this awesome series. With this one we learn about Mexico. And being as how we live in Texas Mexico isn't very far from us yet we don't know too many fun facts about it.  K loved the book and enjoyed trying to say the pronounce the Spanish words which was quite funny. Perfect read for not only at home but in school as well. There is a guide in the back that is meant to help you pronounce the words if you need it.