“If you were me and lived during Viking times, you would be born sometime in the year 870 AD in the northern part of Europe over eleven hundred and forty years ago,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived In … Viking Europe.
~ What ~
Sixth in An Introduction to Civilizations throughout Time series, this seventy-six-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 pastel illustrations cover the pages with a nicely sized font wording, usually against a solid white background. At the ending, eight pages are dedicated to the gods and important people of the period, followed by a seven-page glossary that also includes pronunciation for each word.
In this book dedicated to the Vikings in ancient times, 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 the explanation of people’s names, the three societal classes of Jarls, Karls, and Thralls, house layouts, wearing wimples and brooches, girls married at age fifteen, games of knattleikr and skaktafl, and the runic alphabet.
~ 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 as well as adult non-fiction. 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.
~ 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 being a Viking.
Thanks to the author for this complimentary book to read and review.
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