Saturday, June 14, 2014

If You Were Me And Lived In...Portugal, by Carole P. Roman

Series: If You Were Me and Lived In...

Pages: 28 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Date: May 28, 2014

Language: English

About the book: Written specifically for Preschoolers and early readers, If You Were Me and Lived In...Portugal presents valuable information about Portugal in a simple yet thoughtful way that doesn't talk down to little ones or go over their heads. Full of basic facts about topics that matter most to kids, it opened doors for children to learn about this unique country and get a better idea of what life is like there... without ever leaving the house or turning on an electric device.

About the author: Carole P. Roman is a former social studies teacher and award-winning author who has published over ten children's books. If You Were Me and Lived in...Portugal is her most recent installment in a growing series of children's books that explores different countries and cultures from one-of-a-kind, kid-friendly perspective.

My take: My daughter and I really enjoyed reading the Portugal book. We actually learned a lot from it. I love it when we can read a book and actually obtain information to take with us and share. Well, this is how I feel when I read any of the books in the If You Were Me and Lived In... series. The fact that my daughter can tell me about the stuff she learns from this series brings a smile to my face.

Just like the other books, it starts out showing you what Portugal looks like by itself and then on a world globe. It then goes into the history of the country, which is very interesting, and we were able to learn that 240 million people speak their language. Just like the other books, we were able to learn what you might be named if you were a boy or girl. My daughter learned and actually uses "Olá, Máe" (translation Hey Mom). You learn about different foods, going to the store and more.

Not sure if it was just me, but I felt like this book had more of a language learning edge to it than the other ones. Maybe it is the way it is written, but I felt like we were actually able to learn more of the language in this book. I do enjoy the pronunciation throughout the book and the list at the end of the book. I also liked how the author has a couple of regular pictures mixed in with the cartoon ones.

I really like this series and if I try to read the book without my daughter she gets upset because she really enjoys them. I think this series should be a part of every one's library and feel like schools could even benefit from it.

This book was given to me by Bostick Communications for my honest review.