“So you see, if you were me, how life in the American West could really be,” Carole P. Roman ends her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived In … the American West.
~ What ~
Part of the international series, this fifty-four-page numbered paperback targets early elementary school-aged children and readers who like learning about civilizations and cultures in 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 cover one side of the pages with white wording against a black background on the opposite sides. The ending includes two pages about famous people during the period as well as a seven-page glossary with pronunciations.
In this book dedicated to traveling on the Oregon Trail during the 19th century, 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. I appreciated the information gleaned about conastogas and what was taken when traveling the many miles, how butter was churned when milk was hung on a moving wagon, using grass to release wheels stuck in the mud, building a homestead, and cowboys who made $25 a month.
~ Why Not ~
The book contains many multi-syllable words that may frustrate beginner readers, but it also is a way to learn new words. Some may think its contents may be too advanced for young children, but the pictures are understandable and with details. Others may find it challenging to read white words against black backgrounds.
~ 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 Tabor is also a portraitist, caricaturist, and art show award winner who lives in Texas.
~ Wish ~
I wish there were more extensive books like this on every civilization so children could see and learn about the vast array of differences throughout the world. It is my understanding the book’s grammar and punctuation errors are being corrected.
~ Want ~
With so many civilizations on the planet, one looks forward to future books in the series to learn more about a particular era.
Thanks to the author for this book to read and review.
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