Title: If You Were Me and Lived in … Germany
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Kelsea Wierenga
“If you were me and lived in Germany (Ger-man-nee), you would call your country Deutschland (Doytch-land), but the rest of the world would know it as the Republic of Germany,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived in … Germany – A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World.
~ What ~
Part of the international series, this thirty-six-page paperback targets preschool to early elementary school-aged children and readers who like learning about other countries around the world. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words that usually include pronunciation. Often, colorful, expressive illustrations cover one side of the page with a nicely sized white font wording against a brown background on the opposite side. Four pages at the end of the book reiterate how to pronounce certain words and their meanings.
Readers learn that Germany is part of the European Union, has sixteen states, two rivers, and is located as the crossroads of the continent. In addition to explaining names given to children and relatives, it discusses forms of money, places to visit such as the Neuschwanstein Castle and Miniatur Wonderland, Oktoberfest, favorite foods, and five interesting facts.
~ Why ~
Not written as a fictional story, this educational book is a simple way for children to learn about Germany. I love reading about the miniature model railway and the marvelous food such as sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, apfelstrudel, hot brezel, aal, rollmops, and schweinebraten.
~ Why Not ~
The book contains many multi-syllable words that may frustrate beginner readers, but it also is a way to learn new words related to Germany.
~ 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 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 so children could see and learn about countries around the globe.
~ Want ~
Readers who want to learn about countries will look forward to future books in the series to learn more about a particular location. This is a wonderful, educational series that shows what life is like elsewhere.
Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.
GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.