Carole P. Roman's cultural, history books for children, a review

It has been my joy to read Carole P. Roman's books over these past few weeks.   Books from the "If you were me and lived" series that spoke to me predominately of days gone by, but one with a look into a possible future.   History was portrayed from The Mayan Empire, Viking Europe and the Ancient Mali Empire, the future glimpsed in a potential life on Mars.   Here are links to all four books that I reviewed via Amazon.com: If you were me and lived on ... Mars, If you were me and lived in ... The Ancient Mali Empire, If you were me and lived in ... Viking Europe, and If you were me and lived in ... The Mayan Empire.

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Let me tell you about these books that I received.


If you were me and lived on ... Mars is the smallest and easiest of the books I received.  It was, in my and my son's opinion, a light-hearted read about imagining life on Mars.  From the what you might eat (no spinach yay!) to what the seasons might be like.   This would be wonderful to read alongside a study on Mars, opening up your students imagination to what life on Mars might be like.  It gives some good facts as well as allowing for the dream.

Full colour, whimsical illustrations illumine every page.
These next three books follow a similar format.  A story that walks you through religious beliefs, schooling, work, society, household makeup and more along with famous names in history, and closing with a glossary.


If you were me and lived in ... the Ancient Mali Empire is one of the meatier history books.  This book is laden with facts.   For instance, did you know in Ancient Mali religious beliefs, only the men were allowed to attend funeral services?  Mateya Arkova provides simple water colour illustrations to show the people and their activities. Haggling was the way to do business in the marketplace.   We learned about how they were big in the gold and salt trade.




I have to admit that If you were me and lived in ... Viking Europe was not new to us.   I had forgotten that we had downloaded it onto my kindle.  Having the physical book in hand makes it (our our opinion) a nicer read, but the kindle worked well too!  :)  Did you know in Viking Europe that fish would make up a great portion of your diet?  Dagmal is how you would say the first meal of the day.   Watercolours by Mateya Arkova illumine the pages of this book as well.   The pictures help tell the story so well.



If you were me and lived in ... The Mayan Empire. The illustrations here were provided by Paula Tabor and give a different feel to the book. The clean crisp lines went well with the orderliness of the Mayan way of life. Women wore multi-layered clothing of colourful clothes.  Adult men wearing a turban and a loin cloth, adding a cape in cooler weather.   Did you know they produced a highly accurate calendar? They never discovered the advantages of the wheel.   There is as section about how they contributed to the knowledge in the world.


My thoughts.



My son's thoughts.
As always they come out in questions: "Mom, you know what I would not want to have on Mars?  FISH.   I would just rather not have fish.  It would cost too much to ship it up there anyways right?"
"Mom, I didn't know that."
"I'm glad I'm not a girl..it's sad they wouldn't let her go. Why would her religion tell her she couldn't go to her gramma's funeral?  That's not nice".
"Why wouldn't that boy want to be a potter even though it's what his dad does?"

Reviews for Carole P. Roman in the past.
If you were me and lived in...American West, Ancient Greece, Middle Ages, Elizabethan England
Review: If you were me and lived. Mexico, France, South Korea and Norway.


Vendor: Carole P. Roman
Products: I received books on Mars, The Ancient Mali Empire, Viking Europe and The Mayan Empire. 
Author: Carole P. Roman
80 pages each for The Ancient Mali Empire, Viking Europe and The Mayan Empire.  
44 pages in Mars.
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Series: If you were me and ....
Type: Children's, softcover, history, culture and education.

Where can you find these treasures?
Amazon.ca Links:
If you were me and lived on ... Mars
If you were me and lived in ... The Ancient Mali Empire.
If you were me and lived in ... Viking Europe
If you were me and lived in ... The Mayan Empire

Amazon.com Links:
If you were me and lived on ... Mars.
If you were me and lived in ... The Ancient Mali Empire.
If you were me and lived in ... Viking Europe.
If you were me and lived in ... The Mayan Empire.

100 of us from the Homeschool Review Crew were part of this review, reading a great variety in books.  Please click through here to read them. :)

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2 comments

  1. Good review. It is interesting how we got three of the four the same. These books have so much information in them. Mrs. Roman packs it full!

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    1. She most certainly does

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