“If you were me and lived in Brazil (Bra-zil), your home would officially be known as the Federative Republic of Brazil, which is the largest country in South America,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived In … Brazil – A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World.
~ What ~
Part of the international series, this thirty-two-page numbered paperback targets preschool to early elementary school-aged children and readers who like learning about other countries. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words that usually include pronunciation. Colorful illustrations usually cover one side of the page with a nicely sized font wording on the opposite side. Several pages at the end of the book reiterate how to pronounce certain words and their meanings.
Brazil is the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world, and Brasilia is its current capital. The Amazon Rain Forest is partly in Brazil and is full of thousands of plants and millions of insects, fishes, and birds.
Favorite foods are moqueca, pao de queijo, espetada, quiejo coalho, and brigadeiros. Sports enjoyed are futebol and watching motorsports at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Children like to play Cinco Marias or go to the Carnival do Brazil where they dress up and do the samba.
The reader learns names for mother and father. Also taught are common names for boys and girls, as well as words for doll, money, and school.
~ Why ~
Not written as a fictional story, this educational book is a simple way for a young child to learn about a foreign land, especially if he or she knows someone living there or is planning a trip to visit.
~ Why Not ~
The book contains many multi-syllable words, some in foreign languages that may frustrate beginner readers, but it also is a way to learn new words from another country.
~ Who ~
Award-winning author, Roman has written complete series for children of books based on counties and pirate genre. She lives in New York with her husband and close to her children and grandchildren. Illustrator Wierenga has a self-publishing background and is a freelance children’s book illustrator who lives in Michigan with her family.
~ Wish ~
I wish there were books like this on every country so children could see and learn about the vast array of different cultures throughout the world.
~ Want ~
With so many countries on the planet, one looks forward to future books in the series to learn more about a particular location.
Thanks to the author for this book to read and review.
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