Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Book Review: If You Were Me and Lived in...The Mayan Empire by Carole P. Roman, Illustrated by Paula Tabor

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

If You Were Me and Lived in...The Mayan Empire explains what it could've been like to live during the Mayan Civilization in the year 572. Through the book children will learn information such as what the Mayans used for writing (what they wrote on), where they lived, popular names, how they dressed, what homes looked like, what work was like and how it was different for males and females, how children were educated, and a popular game.

It was interesting for me to learn that corn was eaten every meal and that Mayan people loved to wear jewelry and decorated their teeth. It was also interesting to learn that Mayans were more accepted if they had crossed eyes and flat heads.

Even though it might be true, I wish that the story didn't talk about how Mayans worshipped different Gods. It brought that up too much for me. I would probably want to skip the parts of the book that talked about them if I ever read this to any children.

Some people (both children and adults) might find it interesting to learn that the Mayans didn't have a middle class and how people were divided up into levels. Life was very hard for peasants.

The book does a great job of following the format of the same kind of topics as the other books in this civilization series!

My review= 3 out of 5 stars

I received this book free for the purpose of reviewing it.

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