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

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


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You’ll never guess what crazy dish the ancient Incan kings ate. But you can read all about it, and more, in If You Were Me and Lived in…Peru, the latest book in Carole P. Roman’s fun travel series for kids.

An exciting introduction to world cultures written for young readers ages three through eight, this new expedition takes kids to South America and gives them a colorful glimpse into what living in Peru is like. Highlighting a myriad of topics, including language, cuisine, climate, and history, this book teaches kids about diversity while also revealing to them the important truth that we are all connected.

Parents, grandparents, and teachers alike will love opening their children’s eyes to the world around them in a fun and easy way—and they’ll be happily surprised when they end up learning a few things themselves. Fair warning, parents: your kids will want to start celebrating a new February holiday after reading this book. But don’t worry. You can always tell them you’re making a certain special, royal Inca dish for dinner.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947118614
Publisher: Chelshire, Inc.
Publication date: 04/27/2017
Series: If You Were Me and Lived in... Cultural Series
Pages: 30
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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. This is her first Early Reader chapter book. 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...Peru: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite Did you know that potatoes come from Peru? Would you like to try some ceviche? If You Were Me and Lived In...Peru (A Child's Introduction To Cultures Around The World Volume 12) by Carole P. Roman is an educational children's picture book. Read through the fascinating history of the ancient city of Machu Picchu, discover what early Inca kings used to eat as a delicacy, and learn the diverse cultures of the Peruvian peoples. Curious about what kind of sports Peruvian children play? Or are you more interested in what they use as currency? Perhaps you would like to know what kind of unique traditions and holidays they celebrate? This book touches on these questions and more. Are you ready to learn about the vibrant land and people of Peru? If You Were Me and Lived In...Peru (A Child's Introduction To Cultures Around The World Volume 12) by Carole P. Roman is a multiple award-winning book, including children's book awards and homeschooling blogs. The pages are richly colored with engaging pictures and interesting facts about the festive country of Peru. This is the twelfth book in the If You Were Me and Lived In... series and it remains one of my favorites. I appreciate how Ms. Roman presents her facts and data in such an interesting and fun way, engaging the child in the everyday lives of Peruvian children. As a mother and teacher, I know the importance of teaching diversity, and this book is a great first step. With keywords and a handy pronunciation guide throughout the book and at the end, this book is excellent for early graders as it is easily read and understood. I like these books! I believe that they are the perfect companion to social studies assignments.
PennyMindingMom More than 1 year ago
My kids love to explore the world around them. They know that there are thousands of places to travel to someday, and they are already planning some of those vacations! "If You Were Me And Lived In... Peru" by Carole P Roman is another installment in her "A Child's Introduction to the Cultures Around The World". These stories are the perfect way for your child to explore the world around them from the comfort of home. Explore the fascinating world of Peru. In this book your child will discover the differences and similarities of living in Peru. My kids love to see what children in other parts of the world call their mom and dad. We live in a place where potato farming is one of our biggest exports. The kids loved to learn that Potatoes are found around the world...even all the way in Peru. Who know there were 4000 different kinds of potatoes? The book has a pronunciation guide that helps you understand how to pronounce certain words. This is a great feature not only for adults who may be reading the story aloud, but for little readers who are still learning. Since I have reviewed other books in this series my daughter has started reading on her own. She did find one page in this book a bit intimidating as it contained one full page of text and she found the font choice a bit difficult to read. The spacing between words is a little closer than what she is used to as well as she is she is used to reading fonts that are sans serif. She has just started Grade 1 in French Immersion so the language used in the book was a little beyond her comfortable reading level, but both my children loved to sit down and listen to this book as it was read to them. The illustrations in the book are fun. They fit along with the story perfectly. One of the skills that my daughter has learned to help her with her reading is to look at the pictures to figure out the words. She is able to put this skill into action on several pages like the one about the dolls and again on the page about sports. "If You Were Me And Lived In... Peru" is a great introduction to life in Peru for younger children. When studying new cultures it's often easy to get overwhelmed with facts. Ms. Roman has created a book that shares selection of facts about Peru that will gives your child a wide overview of the culture. You will learn new words, games, food and historical facts as you explore Peru in this book. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
Ready for Adventure? Open up this book and find yourself transported to the southern hemisphere.  The author, Ms. Roman, is an expert at painting vivid word pictures of different lands just right for a child's eyes.  She brings to life the sights, tastes and experiences that a child would likely find in another country.   Buckle up for a smooth ride! This time we will journey to Peru and discover that many of the boys there are named Hugo, Fernando or Gerardo.  Popular names for the girls are Rosario, Carmen or Teresa.  Children here call their mother Mami and their father Papi. Children from all over the globe would love the Peruvian Festival of Carnival.  It is made to order for children since celebrating it involves soaking others with water in a variety of ways--from buckets, water balloons and squirt guns. You say potato, I say potahto... After all that celebrating, a child will would up an appetite.  They can enjoy some local food such as cuy.  This popular food is actually fried guinea pig!  In ancient days, this delicacy could only be eaten by the Incan kings.  Or perhaps papa rellena would be more to their liking.  This is a mashed potato stuffed with ground meat and spices.  Since lots of potatoes are grown in Peru, they make up a big part of the local diet. Later on a game of sapito might be played.  This involves attempting to throw a coin into the mouth of a small toy frog in the center of many boxes.  This delightful game is enjoyed by the children of Peru. Sneak learning into fun! All these interesting facts, and many more, can be learned in this fun, 5-star book aimed toward three to eight-year-old children.  Bright colors are featured on all of the pages, and more than half of those contain brilliant illustrations.  This book is an entertaining way to discover how children live in a different part of the world. I’d like to thank the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
In  If You Were Me and Lived in Peru, you discover South America and gain a colorful glimpse into what living in Peru is like. Highlighting a myriad of topics, including language, cuisine, climate, and history, this book teaches kids about diversity while also revealing to them the important truth that we are all connected. I like that the author has touched on the history of the Inca in Peru and the ancient city built on a mountain. Also, that the potato is indigenous to Peru and a staple in their diet. The books follow the stylized pattern that Roman has established for this series. To date she has published books on the following: South Korea, France, Norway, Kenya, Turkey, India,  Australia, Russia, Portugal, Greece, and Peru. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
If You Were Me and Lived In... Greece... and If You Were Me and Lived In... Peru  are two new editions to the "A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around The World"  series By Carole P. Roman. The art contained in these two new additions are the most impressive yet. The mixed media cartoon art combined with beautiful scenic photos bring new life to the subject of geography.  These books take only minutes to read cover to cover but they will give a child a good picture of a particular country.  These books follows a similar format as the first books in the series about Mexico, South Korea,  and France. Yet in this newer editions, the author makes an even greater use of a variety of textures and mixed media in producing the illustrations. When reading about Greece, the photograph of the ancient ruins serves as the backdrop for the two sight seeing children.  The pale blue  sky  makes for a beautifully realistic and unexpected presentation.  The beautiful sunsets, stone tiles and other authentic  textures adds an authentic appeal and beauty to the simplistic cartoon scenes.  The colorful panoramic spread of the Machu Picchu surrounded by soft airy clouds, in the book on Peru is beautifully made.  The cartoon tour guides will certainly capture the attention of all young readers as well as parents and educators. I believe the "Carlesque" styled mixed media illustrations with the simple line cartoons in her   books 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. These stories would also be a good choice for a family that is interested in their ancestry, a family vacation or even appropriate for  children as part of a social studies lesson. The 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 each  addition to the series,  the  child will learn about the geography  and will be  introduced to its climate, tourist attractions 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.   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.   As a blogger I received these books for the purpose of writing this review.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
We received this book to give an honest review. I love these books. You get to learn about new places around the world and have fun pronouncing some of the words. With Peru we learned that they liked to eat Guinea Pigs back when Kings were around.  EWWWW for us we think it is gross but to them it is was delicious. Glad we didn't live back with the Inca's.  This is a series of books that I highly recommend elementary schools carry. It is amazing to learn what goes on in other countries, and it is easy to understand. K loves where we get to know what other places call their schools.  If you need help with pronouncing some of the words then at the ending of not only this book but all of them in this series you have a guide to help you out. 
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
 Time to check out Peru!  The country is a lively one with old customs.  It's scenery will take your breath away.  We can learn so much from talking with the locals and visiting historic places.  I know we will all have fun.      This book really makes learning a joy.  I found littles who enjoyed every word. They had tons of questions too.  The writing and illustrations help parents make learning an adventure not a chore.  Your littles will love this book too.      I found no issues.      I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it's a wonderful joy to read.   ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review If You Were Me and Lived in...Peru: A Child's Introduction to Cultures by Carole P. Roman is one book written and included in a fun  travel series. This is a great read together and gives children a brief educational history trip of Peru. On one page is what is read and  next to it is the picture showing just what you have read. The pictures are very clear and the colors are excellent. In the back of the  book is a list of words that was used. It shows the correct pronunciation and meaning of the words. It explains the different foods that are  eaten by name and the flavors used. Also shared is the most popular holiday is Carnival. Carnival has many traditions and special  treats. This book can be used for children up to middle school. It is a very good helper if a child is having to do anything on Peru. It can  be read in one sitting. I loved reading it. I am sure anyone reading it will of course end up using it as a re-read. I gave this book 5 stars  but it really deserves many more. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I look for more from Carole Roman.