Title: If You Were Me and Lived In … Cuba
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Kelsea Wierenga
“If you were me and lived in Cuba (Cue-ba), you would live on an island located in the northern Caribbean (Ka-rih-bee-an) in the western hemisphere,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived On … Cuba – 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.
Although Cuba is a small country, its capital of Havana is well-populated. This book discusses the capital’s bay location, the Castillo del Morro Spanish fort with its ceremonial show, the beaches of Cayo Coco, and the carnival at Santiago de Cuba.
Favorite foods are bocodillo, café con leche, cumpleanos, tostones with garlic and sour orange mojo, arroz con pollo, ropa vieja, Moros y Cristianos, papas rellenas, and tres leches cake. The people enjoy participating in baseball games, boxing, and exercising.
The reader learns names for mother and father. Also taught are common names for boys and girls, as well as words for 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. I love how the author explains a country’s characteristic, famous sites, food dishes, and people in an easy to understand manner.
~ 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 countries, 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 in the world, 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.
GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.