Carol P. Roman
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Carole P. Roman is a prolific author of educational/fun books that might be of special interest to homeschoolers. She has written 35+ books, received 100+ awards, and has 3,000+ online reviews of her works. That’s a lot!
Specifically, she has two series – If You Were Me and Lived in…Culture – a series for kids 3-8 years old, and If You Were Me and Lived in…History for kids 10 -15 years of age. The culture series includes books on what it would be like to live in China, Scotland, Kenya, South Korea, Russia, Greece, Italy, France, Peru, and more (so far, 18 have been published). The books cover the subjects of the countries’ food, language, clothes, toys, and more. The history books describe what life was like during different time periods around the world. The time periods include Renaissance Italy, Elizabethan England, Ancient China, Ancient Greece, the Old West, Colonial America, the Middle Ages and more. Covered topics include the political climate of the time, clothes, food, customs, religion, etc.
These books are great for a homeschool or co-op library. And there are plenty of opportunities to develop lessons/teaching moments around the books. For instance, you can take trips to the market, practice speaking the language, chart the differences between a child’s life in the book and your own child’s life, etc. Parents can even arrange for pen pals with the culture books.
Things I like about the culture books:
- The number of books – you can have an entire mini-library with all of the titles.
- They follow the same format, so a child can anticipate the subject matter that is next.
- They teach about cultural diversity.
- They are visually appealing.
- The subject matter is geared towards young children – ie., what your name might be, what you might call your Mom and Dad, foods eaten, games you might play, etc.
- Every book starts out with a map of the country – where it is on the globe (very important), and ends with a Pronunciation Page (extremely helpful).
- You learn new things. For instance, did you know that:
- Instanbul has been named the European Capital of Culture (even though it’s not even the capital of Turkey!).
- Egypt is a transcontinental country (it’s located in both Africa and Asia).
- The Roman Empire stretched into almost 48 modern day countries (HUGE!).
- And more!
Things I like about the history books:
- As these are for an older age group, there are 50+ pages per book – so there is more info than in the culture books.
- They follow a similar format, covering the topics of occupations, food, clothing, recreation of the time – and of course, pertinent history.
- Again, you learn new things, such as
- In Ancient Greece girls didn’t go to school as they were not considered citizens.
- Thatched roofs, although charming, also housed fleas, rats and other wildlife.
- It took the Mayflower 66 days to arrive in America, while the Speedwell had to return to England because of leaks, etc. I have to admit, I didn’t even remember there had been a boat named the Speedwell!
- And more!
In addition to the non-fiction series books, the author has also written the Captain No Beard series (Captain No Beard tackles problems on the high seas and dispenses valuable lessons at the same time), and other books such as Can A Princess Be A Firefighter, Whaley’s Big Adventure, and more. All are fun – and all are worth a read.
Carole’s books are available on Amazon