Monday, June 2, 2014

Book Review: If You Were Me and Lived in...Russia by Carole P. Roman

*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

If You Were Me and Lived in...Russia is one of the books in the A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World series by Carole P. Roman. It puts the readers into the shoes of someone (or different people) who live in Russia. It also promotes awareness and understanding for children who might have classmates or friends who are Russian, as to what life might have been like for them when they have lived in and/or visited Russia. Readers will learn about important facts about living in Russia, such as the kind of foods Russians eat, popular people names, sites, games, and what to call a Russian fur hat. There are also various engaging illustrations throughout the book.

I think this book presented basic facts for children ages 3-8 to learn what it’s like for people living in Russia. I think it did a great job of cross categorizing the areas that children are most interested in and know the most about, such as playing games, food, and weather.

On one hand, I would feel uncomfortable reading a book to children that talked about a fortune teller, which is explained to occur during a New Year celebration briefly in the book. On the other hand, I understand that is probably part of the Russian culture though, and in that way the book probably shares that truth. So, if I was reading this book to a group of children, I would leave off that point about fortune tellers, while other people might feel comfortable including it.

I am looking forward to reading other books in the A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World series because I think it’s important for children to learn about what it’s like for people in other cultures, and to raise awareness of the cultures of their classmates from different countries.

My review = 4.5 out of 5 stars

Disclosure of material connection: I received a free copy of this book from Bostick Communications / Carole P. Roman in exchange for a review.