Thursday, September 14, 2017

Carole P. Roman books {Homeschool Review Crew}

Like every homeschooling family I know, books are a huge part of our lives. I have read to my children since before they were born! So, I'm always on the look out for quality books for our family. We've been enjoying a few books by Carole P. Roman over the past few weeks.

I specifically requested a couple If You Were Me And Lived In...Historical Series books, which are aimed at children ages 8-15. I requested If You Were Me and Lived in...The Middle Ages, and If You Were Me and Live in...Elizabethan England, since these are around the time periods SJ is learning about this year in school.
We also received a couple author's picks, If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China, and Can a Princess Be a Firefighter?, which is from the Bedtime Stories series.

The If You Were Me and Lived in... books are lovely picture books, with informative text, giving you a glimpse of life in that time period. I like that some of the words which may be unfamiliar to your child have the pronunciation in parentheses following the word. There is a glossary at the back of each book, as well.
Books by Carole P Roman
If You Were Me and Lived in...the Middle Ages explains that the Medieval period is from about the late 400s AD until the early 1400s. The book is around 100 pages long. You would be an almost-thirteen year old girl, who's father was awarded land in France for helping William the Conqueror (who became King William I of England) when he invaded England. You father built a castle, and life in that castle is described thoroughly.

Described also are the five classes of people of that time: the king and queen; nobles; important landholders; the clergy; and peasants. Detailed description is presented of daily life of the nobles, and the peasants; the clothes they wore, and the food they ate. Also is described the medicine of that day.

There is also a list of famous people of that time period near the end of the book.
SJ likes it, because it's easy to understand. The illustrations are colorful and attractive. He really likes the pronunciations for the more unfamiliar words (he is still a struggling reader, so this helps a lot).
Books by Carole P Roman
If You Were Me and Lived in...Elizabethan England is shorter, about 40 pages, and the print is larger. The Elizabethan Age took place while Elizabeth I was queen, from 1588-1603. It was the golden age for art and literature in England.

You would be the daughter of a baker, in London, which was crowded and bustling, with dark, narrow, dirty streets.

You would live above the bakery, and share a bed with your sisters. Your type of diet would be between what the wealthy eat, and what the poor eat, so you would at least have enough food to eat: meat, parsnips and turnips, and a lot of bread. And your mother would be able to make meat pies in the bakery's ovens.

Again there is a list of famous people of that time period listed at the back of the book, such as Queen Elizabeth 1, Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh, and William Shakespeare.
Books by Carole P Roman
If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient China discusses life during the Han Dynasty, from about 206 BC to 220 AD. It was one of the longest dynasties, and is often called the Golden Age of Ancient China. Paper and porcelain were invented during this time. This would be a great addition to any study on Ancient China.
Books by Carole P Roman
The Bedtime Story, Can a Princess Be a Firefighter? is perfect for that little princess in your life. This a discussion between a parent and daughter/s. "You can be anything you want to be, anywhere, place, or time." "Whatever you pick, whatever you choose to be, know that in my true heart, you will always be a princess to me." 

When I saw this book, I knew exactly for whom it would be suited: my best friend's granddaughter, who is turning four this month.

About the Author:

Carole P. Roman began writing as a dare from one of her sons. Her first book, Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life, began the Captain No Beard series, and became an award-winning book. Others of her books have also won awards.

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The Crew received books from each of the series Mrs. Roman has written, so you will want to be sure to read their reviews as well. Simply click the banner below to find those reviews.
Oh Susannah, Bedtime Stories, Captain No Beard, If you were Me ... {Carole P. Roman Reviews}

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