Tuesday, January 20, 2015

If You Were Me and Lived in...Greece, by Carole P. Roman

Title: If You Were Me and Lived in...Greece

Series: A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World

Author: Carole P. Roman

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Date: September 23, 2014

Paperback: 32 pages

About the Book
It’s never too early to start teaching children about the world around them. In If You Were Me and Lived in…Greece, early learners get a taste of what their life would be like if they lived in Greece while being introduced to the birthplace of democracy.

This book is the latest installment of the educational series about the cultures of the world that speaks to young children about the topics that interest them, such as the foods people eat, the names of boys and girls, and the activities that children their age living in a foreign land are likely to engage in. This exciting visit to Greece also introduces the important concept of democracy to children and highlights some of the other cultural contributions that Greece has made to Western civilization. Basic information is offered in a playful way that won’t overwhelm children.

My Take 
Like all the other books in this particular series, my daughter and I enjoyed this one just the same. It is so nice to be able to sit down with my child and have a book that she can understand and learn about another country. She is learning so much since we have been reading these books. 

All the books are set up the same. It is the pictures and information that are different. The fact that they do keep the same format is great, because you know what to expect. Like, you know at the beginning of the book you are going to see where Greece is on the globe and you are also going to see what the capital is and learn more about it. You will learn different names that children in Greece are given and what you would call your parents and grandparents. What I really love is how you learn about the important history through story and pictures. You also learn about the kinds of foods that they eat and special holidays. But let's not forget the most important of them all, you learn about the Olympics!

At the end of the book, you find a huge pronunciation guide, so that you can say the words correctly. The pictures are very colourful and give you an idea of what people and things look like in Greece.

Like I stated before, this is a really awesome series and if you collect all the books, your child will have a full knowledge of a lot of countries around the world.

About the Author

Carole P. Roman is an award-winning children's book author whose book, Strangers on the High Seas: A Captain No Beard Story, was named Best Children's Book of the Year by Reader Views in 2013. She is continuing to expand her children's world culture series to new and exciting countries. The author lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Yankee Broadcast Network, by John F. Buckley and Mark Ott

Title: Yankee Broadcast Network

Authors: John F. Buckley & Martin Ott

Publisher: Brooklyn Arts Press

Date: October 1, 2014

Paperback: 72 pages

My Take
I am a lover of poems. I actually have written a ton through my life. Mine are the typical rhyming kind. Though I must say I have always enjoyed reading poems where people can turn anything into poetry without always rhyming and that is where this book come into play.

John F. Buckley and Martin Ott have taken life and turned it into poetry. The focus of their poems are on broadcasting, hence the title of the book, Yankee Broadcast Network. You will find that nothing is off limits, which makes it a perfect read because everything you can possibly imagine gets covered. The titles are just as awesome as the poems themselves. For example: TV Dinner Theater, Better Living Through Television and Our Favorite Programs We Can't Watch.

So whether you have a strong love for poetry or just love things that are "outside the box", this would be the perfect book for you to pick up and read.

About the Authors

MARTIN OTT lives in Los Angeles, where he writes often about his misunderstood  city. He is the author of three books of poetry and a novel, The Interrogator’s  Notebook (Story Merchant Books). He blogs at writeliving.wordpress.com.

A recent graduate of the Helen Sell Writers’ Program at the University of  Michigan, JOHN F. BUCKLEY has been writing poetry since an attempt at writing a  self-help book went somewhat awry. After a twenty-year stint on and near the West  Coast, he now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife. His website is www.johnfbuckley.net.