Title: If You Were Me and Lived In … Ancient Greece
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Mateya Arkova
“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.
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