Title: If You Were Me and Lived in … the Mayan Empire
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Paula Tabor
“If you were me and lived during the Mayan (My-an) civilization, you would be born around 1500 years ago in the year 572 and would have made your home in one of the many Mayan cities,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived in … the Mayan Empire – A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World.
~ What ~
Part of An Introduction to Civilizations throughout Time series, this sixty-four-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. Full-color illustrations cover the right side of the open pages with black wording against yellow backgrounds on the left side. A dozen pages at the end of the book include Mayan contributions to the world, brief information on eight famous Mayan individuals, and a five-page glossary that also includes pronunciation for each word.
In this book dedicated to the Mayan Empire, its history, religion, culture, clothing, and activities are explained. Readers can learn what their names would be, employment, city and home environment, famous buildings, 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 appreciate the information on the Mayans’ societal hierarchy, communal living, foods eaten, attire worn, and gods worshiped. Learning about why Mayans gave specific names at birth, hunted for agouti and peccary, ate food with obsidian and flint, females wore a huipil, forced-formed babies’ head shapes, and got tattoos were interesting.
~ 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 interesting.
~ 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 Tabor is also a portraitist, caricaturist, and art show award winner who lives in Texas.
~ 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 teach your children about living during the Mayan Empire
Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.
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