If You Were Me and Lived in...the Ancient Mali Empire is another addition to Carole P. Roman's ancient children series. It goes back in time to what it might've been like for children to live during the 1300's in the Mali Empire. Popular boys and girls names are shared, as well as popular cities, tourist attractions, people, food that was eaten, the age boys became men, what girls were expected to do in their young age, and what age the girls should starting thinking about marrying. Children will discover what kind of clothing both men and women wore and what houses looked like in Mali during those days. There is a glossary located in the back of the book that defines the Mali words used throughout the story in English.
I liked how this book follows a lot of the topics of the If You Were Me and Lived in culture series but goes into more depth. It can be read in one sitting or spread out between different days. I also liked the comparison to how Mali may have looked in the 1300's versus today.
Some of the information in the book I would want to leave out if I ever read this book to children even though it is probably true, such as men having more than one wife and people worshipping different Gods other than the God of Israel spoke about in the Bible.
I liked to learn that a lot changed when Mansa Musa became the ruler, and that he was fair. He allowed people to worship as they pleased, invited scholars from around the world to exchange knowledge, and made it possible for students to have free education.
The illustrations should add a lot of meaning to the story for children.
My review= 4.5 out of 5 stars
I received this book free for the purpose of reviewing it.