“If you were me and lived in the Middle Ages, you would have been born about the year 1072, more than 900 years ago,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived in … The Middle Ages.
~ What ~
Part of An Introduction to Civilizations throughout Time series, this ninety-eight-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 white background. At the ending, four pages are dedicated to important people of the period, followed by a fourteen-page glossary that also includes pronunciation for each word.
In this book dedicated to England during the Middle Ages, 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 on peasants versus the nobility, motte and bailey castles with crenallates, raised platforms while eating meals, clothing that included cowls, cloaks, and brooches, serfs or villeins, doctors who relied on blood-letting and the four humors, and the church’s role in society.
~ 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.
~ 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 lives in Bulgaria and enjoys drawing bright pastels in funny cartoonish format.
~ Wish ~
I wish more creative books like this one were available that promoted historical events to be used as educational tools for teaching children. I felt the book was too long with the extensive glossary, but some may appreciate its content for school reports. It is my understanding the book’s grammar and punctuation errors are being corrected.
~ 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 Middle Ages.
Thanks to the author for this complimentary book to read and review.
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