Title: If You Were Me and Lived In … Israel
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Kelsea Wierenga
“If you were me and lived in Israel (Yiz-ra-el), you would call it the State of Israel or Medinat Israel (Me-din-at Iz-ra-el),” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived In … Israel – A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World.
~ What ~
Part of the international series, this thirty-four-page 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. Typically, colorful illustrations 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.
Israel is considered the Holy Land to four different faiths. With a wall built in 1538 AD around the city of Jerusalem, it contains four neighborhoods. A famous place to visit is the Dead Sea, which is 1371 feet below sea level.
Favorite foods are falafel, pita, tahini, shwarma, shnitzel, humus, baklava, and fistookeim. The people enjoy participating in the Maccabiah Games, practicing Krav Maga self-defense, and celebrating Purim, a day that remembers Queen Esther.
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, civilizations, and pirate genre as well as non-fiction for adults. She lives in New York with her husband and close to her children and grandchildren.
~ 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 furnishing this complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.
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