If You Were Me and Lived in...Viking Europe travels back to the ancient days of what it might've been like for a child to live in Viking Europe during the time of 870 A.D. Information is given about popular boy and girls names, the Vikings and the three classes they were a part of (Jarls, Karls, or Thralls), what their homes might have looked like, clothes they and their family might have worn, survival skills, games/sports, the alphabet they would've used, etc. A list of Important Vikings in History and a Glossary of terms used throughout the book are also listed in the back of the book.
This book is very informative about what it might have been like for a child to live during the early Viking Europe days. I found the runic alphabet interesting because each character supports a sound and item it was named for. The rune stones were located in different places so just about everybody had a need to learn the runic alphabet.
I had a hard time with the focus on different Gods that were worshipped, even if it is true that people back then in Viking Europe worshipped them. It was briefly brought into the story at the end of the story so it can also be easily skipped if anybody doesn't feel comfortable reading that to a child. That section can also be used for education about the gods they worshipped and the wording can be changed to it not being right to worship them (if the person reading that information has a conviction that it wasn't right for those gods to be worshipped).
I found it interesting how children got their last names, which had to do with what the first names of their fathers were.
This book goes very deeply into the area of Viking Europe in my opinion. It can be read in one long session or broken up into different parts.
My review= 3 out of 5 stars
I received this book free for an honest review.