Have you ever wanted to teach your kids what it would be like to live in another country? Maybe how other kids live their daily lives? Then you need to check out the If You Were Me Series by Carole P Roman.
This fun series of books takes Pre-K through eight years olds on a journey to understand just what it would be like to be a kid in another country. The books are simple to understand and fun for young kids to read along. We were able to review all four books and of course our favorites were Norway and France. Mexico and South Korea were pretty good in my opinion, but I'm more of a European aficionado.
Along with reading the books, we branched out and dove deeper into social studies with library books and videos so Mary would really understand what it would be like to live in different places.
The books feature large print text and are between 20 – 30 pages in length. Each book begins with an illustration of the country the book is about and the location of the capital city. Next, you will see where the featured country is on the globe in relation to the rest of the world. For the remaining part of each book, the author takes you on a tour, and you will learn what life would be like from a child’s perspective if they lived in a different country. The last page in each book provides a pronunciation guide to all of the foreign words encountered throughout the story.
Overall we really did enjoy the books and learning so much from them. We devoted an entire week to them and also did print out activities I had found online to help Mary understand even more.
The first three books in this series are available for purchase on Amazon in two formats: Kindle ($.99 each) and Paperback ($8.99 each). If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway is $1.99 (Kindle) or $10.79 (Paperback). They can also be purchased at Barnes and Noble for $9.99 each with the exception of If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway which can be purchased for $8.63.