*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****
If You Were Me and Lived in...Brazil is another great addition to the A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World series by Carole P. Roman.
In this story two Brazilian children dressed in Brazilian clothes point to where Brazil is on the globe. The rest of the story follows the same format as the other books in this series...children will learn what the capital of Brazil is, popular boy and girl names, popular foods, popular games, popular sports, what children call their mom and dad,what a doll and school are called, a big holiday that is celebrated, etc. Throughout the book Brazilian words are used and usually translated through the words in the story or through illustrations. There is a pronunciation guide that gives definitions of what those Brazilian words mean in English in the back of the book alongside the pronunciations.
I think children will be able to see differences and similarities with how things are in Brazil versus where they live. They might be able to understand that the coffee their parents drink (if their parents drink coffee) might come from Brazil, since they are a large producer of coffee. If they live in the United States they might be able to see that one of the sports there is the same as a sport that is played in the United States but is named differently. The children will also probably be able to see there a lot of other sports in Brazil that are the same as in the United States and that there are some similar traditions related to those sports.
Something fun that can be done from the books in this series: For children that read the books in this series (or have the books read to them), it would be great to use this book as well as all the others in the series to create a comparison chart of the topics discussed in them so that children can compare the similarities and differences of the cultures of different countries. Their teachers can create the comparison chart and it be done as a class, or if the children are old enough they can create one on their own.
My review= 5 out of 5 stars
I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.