“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.
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