* CONTEST * If You Were Me and Lived In … Ancient Greece ~ 5 Giveaways!

If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient Greece (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time  ) (Volume 1)

WIN CAROLE P ROMAN’S CHILDREN’S BOOK
IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … ANCIENT GREECE!

4 WINNERS be randomly selected to win FREE from the author this recently released book. 1 WINNER WILL RECEIVE ALL 4 BOOKS in this series.

REVIEW  TEASER: “If you were me and lived in Ancient Greece, you would be born around 2,300 years ago,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived In … Ancient Greece.

SIMPLE steps to enter this 3-day contest

1.  Follow my blog if you do not do so already.
2. Click on the headline ** CONTEST ** to be sure you are on the Reply page.
3. Post in the “LEAVE A REPLY” section below why you want to read this exciting book (could be funny, clever, serious, or the words “I want” since the winner is randomly chosen).
4. Like at least one of Carole P Roman’s sites on the internet.

5. If you are the winner, please post a review regarding what you thought of the book on at least 2 websites.

This is a FAST CONTEST ending Monday, May 30th, 2016, after 6 PM PST so follow the requirements above and try for a chance to win a book that is mailed from the publisher directly to you! Winner’s shipping address must be in the U.S.A.

I read & reviewed this book – it’s a 4 STAR!
Here is my review: https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-ancient-greece/

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* CONTEST * If You Were Me and Lived In … Renaissance Italy ~ 5 Giveaways!

If You Were Me and Lived in...Renaissance Italy (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time ) (Volume 2)

WIN CAROLE P ROMAN’S CHILDREN’S BOOK
IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … RENAISSANCE ITALY!

4 WINNERS be randomly selected to win FREE from the author this recently released book. 1 WINNER WILL RECEIVE ALL 4 BOOKS in this series.

REVIEW  TEASER: “If you were me and lived in Renaissance (Ren-ai-san-ce) Italy, you would have been born over five hundred years ago around the year 1483, somewhere outside of Florence, Italy, in a region called Tuscany (Tus-ca-nee),”  Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived In … Renaissance Italy.

SIMPLE steps to enter this 3-day contest

1.  Follow my blog if you do not do so already.
2. Click on the headline ** CONTEST ** to be sure you are on the Reply page.
3. Post in the “LEAVE A REPLY” section below why you want to read this exciting book (could be funny, clever, serious, or the words “I want” since the winner is randomly chosen).
4. Like at least one of Carole P Roman’s sites on the internet.

5. If you are the winner, please post a review regarding what you thought of the book on at least 2 websites.

This is a FAST CONTEST ending Saturday, May 28th, 2016, after 6 PM PST so follow the requirements above and try for a chance to win a book that is mailed from the publisher directly to you!Winner’s shipping address must be in the U.S.A.

I read & reviewed this book – it’s a 5 STAR!
Here is my review: https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-renaissance-italy/

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Simply Calligraphy

Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide to Elegant LetteringTitle: Simply Calligraphy
Author: Judy Detrick
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
ISBN: 978-1-60774-856-4

“This book will provide you with the first steps toward developing a calligraphic hand that is unique to you, attractive, and easy to read,” Judy Detrick writes in the introduction of her book, Simple Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Guide to Elegant Lettering.

~ What ~
This ninety-six-page paperback targets those who want to learn how to create calligraphy writing. After an introduction, eight chapters cover the topic, ending with further studies, resources, author’s biography, acknowledgments, and index.

After explaining pens, ink, and paper, the writer begins with how to hold the pen at a 30-degree angle with slanted downstrokes. Small letters, capitals, numerals, and flourishes follow. Also discussed are project ideas and additional font styles.

~Why ~
Since I have a degree in art, I love picking up books to learn better techniques in different mediums. I like how simple this book is as it shows the beginner calligrapher how to write letters and numbers. I liked the tips on using a broad edge fountain pen initially, practicing on college ruled paper, and practicing often to get the technique perfected.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are already calligraphers or advanced in the skill may not glean anything new from this simplistic instructional book. Because the book does not lay flat, it would have to be secured somehow when referring to its diagrams when practicing writing.

~ Who ~
A calligrapher teacher and graphic designer for more than twenty-five years in Northern California, the author has been an editor, letterpress printer, and collector of ephemera, and she still teaches the craft.

~ Wish ~
I wish the book included more lined pages that the beginner could use for practicing. There is one small cut out page of lines that can be used under thin paper, but it would be thoughtful to include pages to write directly on with the examples also on the same page. It would be easier if the book laid flat.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an introductory tutorial of calligraphy, this is a good starter book that gives step by step processes and examples.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for a sample to read and review.

This review will be posted on Blogging for Books, DeeperShopping, and Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter.

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If You Were Me and Lived In … Ancient Greece

If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient Greece (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time  ) (Volume 1)Title: If You Were Me and Lived In … Ancient Greece
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Mateya Arkova
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1-52323234295

“If you were me and lived in Ancient Greece, you would be born around 2,300 years ago,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived In … Ancient Greece.

~ What ~
Part of  An Introduction to Civilizations throughout Time series, this fifty-six-page paperback targets elementary to middle school-aged children and readers who like learning about historical eras. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words. Light pastel illustrations cover two-thirds of the open pages with a black font wording on the other third of the open pages that have white backgrounds. Most of the pages include a short note on a god or goddess somewhat related to the page’s contents. Four pages at the end of the book list thirteen gods and goddesses and what they are known for, followed by a five-page glossary that also includes pronunciation for each word.

In this book dedicated to Ancient Greece, its gods and goddesses, history, religion, culture, clothing, and activities are explained. Readers can learn what their names would be, employment, city and home environment, famous buildings, food choices, necessary attire, monetary values, education, hobbies, and important people and what the accomplished.

~ Why ~
Not written as a fictional story, this educational and detailed account is a way for children to learn about another period in history and how it changed the world. As an adult, I appreciate the information on the cradle of Western civilization, Mount Olympus, slavery, people wearing chiton, peplos, and togas, haggling in the agora, and iconic individuals such as Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, and Homer.

~ Why Not ~
While the book contains long paragraphs and three- to four-syllable words, it would have to be read out loud to new readers. Some may think its contents may be too advanced for young children, but the pictures are interesting. As a Christian, I did not care for the promotion of gods and goddesses, but I understand that was the beliefs of the time.

~ Who ~
Award-winning author, Roman has written several series for children of books based on countries, eras, and the pirate genre. She lives in New York with her husband and close to her children and grandchildren. Illustrator Arkova enjoys creating bright pastel colors and curvy lines in her artwork. She lives in Bulgaria.

~ Wish ~
I wish more creative books like this one were available that promoted historical events to be used as educational tools for teaching children.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a new series that covers a gambit of historical places and people, this one will educate your children about the beliefs in gods and goddesses in Ancient Greece and how life was then.

Thanks to the author for this complimentary book to read and review.

This review will be posted on Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.

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* CONTEST * If You Were Me and Lived In … Colonial America ~ 5 Giveaways!

If You Were Me and Lived in...Colonial America (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time ) (Volume 4)

WIN CAROLE P ROMAN’S CHILDREN’S BOOK
IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … COLONIAL AMERICA!

4 WINNERS be randomly selected to win FREE from the author this recently released book. 1 WINNER WILL RECEIVE ALL 4 BOOKS in this series.

REVIEW  TEASER: “If you were me and lived in Colonial America, you would have been born in London, England, almost 400 years ago in about 1620,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived In … Colonial America.

SIMPLE steps to enter this 3-day contest

1.  Follow my blog if you do not do so already.
2. Click on the headline ** CONTEST ** to be sure you are on the Reply page.
3. Post in the “LEAVE A REPLY” section below why you want to read this exciting book (could be funny, clever, serious, or the words “I want” since the winner is randomly chosen).
4. Like at least one of Carole P Roman’s sites on the internet.

5. If you are the winner, please post a review regarding what you thought of the book on at least 2 websites.

This is a FAST CONTEST ending Thursday, May 26th, 2016, after 6 PM PST so follow the requirements above and try for a chance to win a book that is mailed from the publisher directly to you! Winner’s shipping address must be in the U.S.A.

I read & reviewed this book – it’s a 4.5 STAR!
Here is my review: https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-colonial-america/

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The Berenstain Bears School Time Blessings

Title: The Berenstain Bears School Time Blessings
Author and Illustrator: Mike Berenstain
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74842-7

“Whenever you’re worried, you should turn to God in prayer. You can always talk to the Lord and ask for strength and guidance,” Papa tells his bears in Mike Berenstain’s book, The Berenstain Bears School Time Blessings.

~ What ~
Part of the Berenstain Bears / Living Lights series, this unnumbered twenty-four-page paperback targets children four to eight years old, especially those that like short stories of the well-known family of bears. With no profanity or scary scenes, the story has colorful, expressive illustrations on every page. Due to some complicated wording, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers. Three Bible verses from Psalms, Proverbs, and Philippians are included.

This story involves Brother and Sister bears starting back to school after the long summer and Honey beginning nursery school. While Honey is worried about being away from home and her parents, Sister and Brother are concerned about the classes they have to take.  Sister enjoys math but dislikes history, while Brother likes history but not math. Explaining their fears to their parents, they are reminded they are loved and that they should talk to God whenever needed or worried. When they came home from school the first day, the family prays for help with the children’s worries; the two young bears decide to help each other with the homework for subjects they do not like.

~ Why ~
This book is a good reminder for children getting ready to go back to school and are worried or concerned, reiterating that God can help them through the rough spots. I liked how it showed helping each other was a good solution to their problems. Having three discussion questions and three activities at the end of the book engage the child and parent on the topic further.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not understand praying to God when worried or in trouble. Some may not like the Biblical references or spiritual connotations in children’s books. Due to the extensive writing, some beginner readers may struggle with some of the complicated wording.

~ Who ~
Since Stan and Jan passed away years ago, their son Mike continues to follow in his parents’ footsteps with the Berenstain Bear series and products. He lives in Pennsylvania.

~ Wish ~
Page numbers would be helpful for some readers learning their numbers.

~ Want ~
If you like the Berenstain Bears series, this one helps those dealing with fears and nervousness at school, reminding them to pray to God for calmness and support.

Thanks to the Z Blog Squad for providing this book for reading and reviewing.

This review will be posted on DeeperShopping and Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Pinterest, Godinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.

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If You Were Me and Lived In … Renaissance Italy

If You Were Me and Lived in...Renaissance Italy (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time ) (Volume 2)Title: If You Were Me and Lived In … Renaissance Italy
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Silvia Brunetti
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1-523234271

“If you were me and lived in Renaissance (Ren-ai-san-ce) Italy, you would have been born over five hundred years ago around the year 1483, somewhere outside of Florence, Italy, in a region called Tuscany (Tus-ca-nee),”  Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived In … Renaissance Italy.

~ What ~
Part of  An Introduction to Civilizations throughout Time series, this fifty-six-page paperback targets elementary to middle school-aged children and readers who like learning about historical eras. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words. Colorful illustrations cover the pages with a nicely sized font wording, usually against a solid orange background. At the ending, three pages are dedicated to the art of the period; three pages cover a dozen famous people, followed by a six-page glossary that also includes pronunciation for each word.

In this book dedicated to Italy in the Renaissance era, the history, religion, culture, clothing, and activities are explained. Readers can learn what their names would be, employment, town and home environment, food choices, necessary attire, monetary values, education, hobbies, and important people and what they accomplished.

~ Why ~
Not written as a fictional story, this educational and detailed account is a way for children to learn about another period in history and how it changed the world. As an adult, I appreciated the information on the rich Medicis family, the multi-level palazzo design, eating macaroni and rabbit stew with two-pronged forks, men dressed in doublets and caps with women wearing petticoats and make-up, and the artists of well-known paintings and sculptures.

~ Why Not ~
While the book contains long paragraphs and three- to four-syllable words, it would have to be read out loud to new readers. Some may think its contents may be too advanced for young children, but the pictures are understandable and engaging.

~ Who ~
Award-winning author, Roman has written several series for children of books based on countries, eras, and the pirate genre. She lives in New York with her husband and close to her children and grandchildren. Illustrator Brunetti was born and lives in Rome, Italy, where she studied comic and illustrations for children.

~ Wish ~
I wish more creative books like this one were available that promoted historical events to be used as educational tools for teaching children.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a new series that covers a gambit of historical places and people, this one will inspire and educate your children about the way a life during the iconic Renaissance in Italy.

Thanks to the author for this complimentary book to read and review.

This review will be posted on Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.

 

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If You Were Me and Lived In … Colonial America

If You Were Me and Lived in...Colonial America (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time ) (Volume 4)Title: If You Were Me and Lived In … Colonial America
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Sarah Wright
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1-523234073

“If you were me and lived in Colonial America, you would have been born in London, England, almost 400 years ago in about 1620,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived In … Colonial America.

~ What ~
Part of  An Introduction to Civilizations throughout Time series, this fifty-two-page paperback targets elementary to middle school-aged children and readers who like learning about historical eras. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words. Colorful illustrations cover the pages with a nicely sized font wording, usually against a solid blue background. Two pages at the end of the book list six famous people during the age, followed by a six-page glossary that also includes pronunciation for each word.

In this book dedicated to the New World in America during the 1600s, the history, religion, culture, clothing, and activities are explained. Readers can learn what their names would be, employment, town and home environment, food choices, necessary attire, monetary values, education, hobbies, and important people and what they accomplished.

~ Why ~
Not written as a fictional story, this educational and detailed account is a way for children to learn about another period in history and how it changed the world. As an adult, I appreciated the information on England’s King Henry VIII’s divorce, Pilgrims coming to America for religious freedom and landing in Plymouth, building houses of daub and wattle, tiring of eating lobster, friending Indians, and growing corn, as well as men wearing leather jerkin and boys going to a “petty” school, to name a few.

~ Why Not ~
While the book contains long paragraphs and three- to four-syllable words, it would have to be read out loud to new readers. Some may think its contents may be too advanced for young children, but the pictures are understandable and simplistic. Others may have trouble reading the usually white words against the black backgrounds.

~ Who ~
Award-winning author, Roman has written several series for children of books based on countries, eras, and the pirate genre. She lives in New York with her husband and close to her children and grandchildren. Illustrator Wright has been creatively drawing since she could hold a pencil and is a graphic designer who lives in British Columbia.

~ Wish ~
I wish more creative books like this one were available that promoted historical events to be used as educational tools for teaching children.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a new series that covers a gambit of historical places and people, this one will inspire and educate your children about the way a life during Colonial times in America.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Thanks to the author for this complimentary book to read and review.

This review will be posted on Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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* CONTEST * If You Were Me and Lived In … Elizabethan England ~ 5 Giveaways!

If You Were Me and Lived in... Elizabethan England (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time ) (Volume 3)

WIN CAROLE P ROMAN’S CHILDREN’S BOOK
IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND!

4 WINNERS be randomly selected to win FREE from the author this recently released book. 1 WINNER WILL RECEIVE ALL 4 BOOKS in this series.

REVIEW  TEASER: “If you were me and lived in Elizabethan England, you would have been born over four hundred years ago in about the year 1578,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived In … Elizabethan England.

SIMPLE steps to enter this 3-day contest

1.  Follow my blog if you do not do so already.
2. Click on the headline ** CONTEST ** to be sure you are on the Reply page.
3. Post in the “LEAVE A REPLY” section below why you want to read this exciting book (could be funny, clever, serious, or the words “I want” since the winner is randomly chosen).
4. Like at least one of Carole P Roman’s sites on the internet.

5. If you are the winner, please post a review regarding what you thought of the book on at least 2 websites.

This is a FAST CONTEST ending Tuesday, May 24th, 2016, after 6 PM PST so follow the requirements above and try for a chance to win a book that is mailed from the publisher directly to you! Winner’s shipping address must be in the U.S.A.

I read & reviewed this book – it’s a 5 STAR!
Here is my review: https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2016/05/21/if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-elizabethan-england/

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If You Were Me and Lived In … Elizabethan England

If You Were Me and Lived in... Elizabethan England (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time ) (Volume 3)Title: If You Were Me and Lived In … Elizabethan England
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Paula Tabor
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1-523229369

“If you were me and lived in Elizabethan England, you would have been born over four hundred years ago in about the year 1578,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived In … Elizabethan England.

~ What ~
Part of  An Introduction to Civilizations throughout Time series, this fifty-two-page paperback targets elementary to middle school-aged children and readers who like learning about historical eras. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words. Colorful illustrations cover the pages with a nicely sized font wording, usually against a solid blue background. Two pages at the end of the book list eight famous people during the age, followed by a seven-page glossary that also includes pronunciation for each word.

In this book dedicated to the Elizabethan era in England during the 1600s, the history, religion, culture, clothing, and activities are explained. Readers can learn what their names would be, employment, city and home environment, famous buildings, food choices, necessary attire, monetary values, education, hobbies, and important people and what they accomplished.

~ Why ~
Not written as a fictional story, this educational and detailed account is a way for children to learn about another period in history and how it changed the world. As an adult, I appreciate the information on houses that had straw rush floors, eating without utensils, wearing layers of clothing, St. Bartholomew’s Fair, Queen Elizabeth’s religion, and William Shakespeare’s Globe Theater not allowing females to act to name a few.

~ Why Not ~
While the book contains long paragraphs and three- to four-syllable words, it would have to be read out loud to new readers. Some may think its contents may be too advanced for young children, but the pictures are detailed and engaging.

~ Who ~
Award-winning author, Roman has written several series for children of books based on countries, eras, and the pirate genre. She lives in New York with her husband and close to her children and grandchildren. Award-winning illustrator Tabor is also a portraitist, caricaturist, and balloon twister who lives in Texas with her beloved dog.

~ Wish ~
I wish more creative books like this one were available that promoted historical events to be used as educational tools for teaching children.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a new series that covers a gambit of historical places and people, this one will inspire and educate your children about the way a life during the Elizabethan age in England.

Thanks to the author for this complimentary book to read and review.

This review will be posted on Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.

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