“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.
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