Saturday 2 November 2013

If you were me and lived in...

If you were me.. are a set of books by Carol P. Roman
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We received four books:

If you were me and lived in Mexico:A Child's introduction to cultures around the World

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If you were me and lived in France:a Child's introduction to cultures around the World

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If you were me and lived in South Korea: an Introduction to learning about other Cultures

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If you were me and lived in Norway: an Introduction to learning about other Cultures

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The books are 20-26 page paperbacks covering covering where the country is located in the world, the name and a little about the capital, typical boy/girl names, words for father and mother, shopping, an important tourist site, typical foods, sport and toys, a special national day and the name for school. I read If you were me with my children aged 4 and just 7.

We have several South Korean friends so I was particularly keen for the children to learn about South Korea. It also meant that I could ask a South Korean friend for her view about the accuracy of the book. She was pleased both about this and that someone had produced a children's book about South Korea as these seem very difficult to find.

We used the book about France as part of a week where we read children's picture books set in France and did some extension activities. 

The children remember visiting Paris so this was well received.

Norway lead to a fascination with the Snow Hotel. For children who love snow and spend time listing snow activities this had a great pull.

Mexico fitted in well with learning Spanish and having learnt before about the Mayan culture. 

I was pleased to see how the children learnt to locate countries on the globe.

The books are designed for children pre-K (4) to 10. This seems fairly accurate although if anything, they are better for the younger end of the age range. My 4 year old was more enthusiastic than my 7 year old and kept asking for rereadings. The font is large so the books are suitable for young readers.

What we thought
These books are a great addition to our home library and a useful way to introduce different nations and cultures. 
They are written from a US viewpoint so there were some I adapted "mommy" to "mummy" and talked about an "elevator" being a "lift". This didn't cause any difficulty. 
They also assume that the child is in school, again, this wasn't problematic. 

 I would recommend these books and hope that the series is enlarged further.

The books are available on and The cost on is $1.24 for the Kindle version and $8.99 for the paperback except for the book on Norway which costs $2.07 for the Kindle version an $10.79 for the paperback.
On the costs are £0.77 for the Kindle version and £7.50 in paperback for If you were me and lived in Mexico. There are slight variations in price for the paperbacks between £7.38 and £7.50 presumably due to exchange rate fluctuations. The Kindle version of If you were me and lived in Norway is £1.28.

To read more reviews of this series do visit the Schoolhouse Crew Review blog.

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  1. Thank you for the lovely review. Kenya is available on Amazon. Turkey, India, and Australia are due out soon. I loved hearing that your younger child asked for multiple readings. Please tell your child I have the biggest smile because it was enjoyed!

    1. Thank you for visiting. I told my son and he was delighted. I'm just about to look at the Kenya book and looking forward to the other titles.