I love teaching my kids history with living books. While I loved learning history (still do), the way it was presented in high school–read the textbook and listen to the lecture–was uninspiring and mind numbing. I don’t want that for my kids. One of my favorite resources for fun, interesting history books, especially for the younger kids, is Carole P. Roman‘s If You Were Me and Lived In. . .history series.
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For this review, we received two books in that series: If You Were Me and Lived in. . .Ancient Greece and If You Were Me and Lived In. . .Colonial America. In addition, we also received two other books by Roman, Rocket Bye and Captain No Beard.
About The Books We Received
As with other books in this series, we loved both If You Were Me and Lived In. . .books that we received. These books are written for ages 8 to 15; my girls are on the young end, but they had no trouble understanding the story.
If You Were Me and Lived In. . .Ancient Greece
This books is approximately 54 pages long, and the last few pages include a run down of the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece as well as a glossary of terms used in the book.
The book explains what your name might be if you’re a boy or a girl, what your life was like on a daily basis, which included a heavy influence by the Greek gods and goddesses as well as how you would have dressed and what you would have eaten. My girls had been asking to learn more about ancient times, so this book was perfect for them. They really enjoyed it!
If You Were Me and Lived In. . .Colonial America
As I mentioned before, we’re currently studying colonial times, so this book was the perfect supplement. This book is approximately 60 pages long, with the last few pages including a guide to people who influenced the colonies including William Penn and Pocahontas, to name a few. The last pages are a glossary of terms.
This book did an excellent job tackling the politics of why the settlers moved to the colonies in a simplified version that kids can understand. It also explained what kids at the time ate, wore, and did during the day as well as showing the incredibly difficult first year that settlers had when they landed in America. (To learn more about other books in this series, check out our previous review.)
Captain No Beard
This book is targeted for ages 3 to 8, so my girls were a bit old for this book. I imagine that my son, in his preschool days, would have wanted me to read this book over and over and over again.
This book has lively, colorful drawings and large print and follows the story of Captain No Beard who goes on quite the pirate adventure. Captain No Beard experiences a strong storm and meets a mermaid. Of course, the story is an imaginary pirate’s tale and ends when Captain No Beard’s mom comes in the room asking him to clean up.
This adorable book is targeted for 2 to 8 year olds, though I’d definitely recommend it for the younger set. In this whimsical story, two kids fly atop a rocket and pass many constellations and planets. This book is great for children who love outer space.
Our Experience with These Books
We read all of the books, and my girls liked them all, but there two favorites were If You Were Me and Lived in. . .Ancient Greece and If You Were Me and Lived in. . .Colonial America. They especially enjoyed the latter, probably because the topic of the book fit right in with what we’re studying for history.
These books are an excellent supplement for your history studies. I think my girls learned more from them, especially the Colonial America book, because they recognized the people and places from our studies, but they also learned new things in this book.
All of the Carole P. Roman books that we have received over the last two reviews are on our book shelves, and I see my girls going back to them over and over, reading them and looking at the pictures. I simply love Carole P. Roman’s books, as do my girls.
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