(Volume 3) Paperback
by Carole P. Roman, Author
Paula Tabor, Illustrator
* This book was provided to me by the author, all opinions expressed are my own.
If You Were Me and Lived in Elizabethan England
is a children’s book that explains what it would be like to live in Elizabethan times. It is part of a series of books all about historical times written in a way that children learn all kinds of fascinating facts as they read an entertaining story. As a former teacher with a minor in Library Science, this book caught my eye right away. I knew this would be something fun to read with my grandchildren and I had an interest in reading it myself since I have a great love of history also.
I found the book to be fun to read, it presented a lot of facts in a way that was not only easy to read but also teaches a great deal as the book progresses. It starts out by comparing two pictures, one of what London and a girl at home looks like today and one of how it may have looked in the late 1500’s.
It immediately starts sharing facts about how the world was evolving and people lived, both the rich and the poor, along with the royalty. Anything a child might want to know is included or opened up for discussion. How did people live, what did they wear, what did they eat, what kind of jobs did they have, what did children do, how much did things cost, what things were called vs what they are called today, what did people do for fun; all of this is presented along with detailed illustrations that help to share the story and bring it to life.
At the end of the book is a list of important people of the era with images and a wonderful glossary to explain any terms that are useful to know.
The illustrations are in somewhat muted colors, accurate to the times. By using a beautiful blue background for the text, though, they are really set off and seem to actually bring them to life more. Children love bright and colorful things and I think this was a smart move on the book designer’s part to do this.
I really enjoyed this book and think it is not only something that children in the Second through Fifth Grade would find enjoyable, but it is also a great teaching tool. I can’t wait to read more books from this series and would also like to read some from the author’s other series.
Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat in Elizabethan England, the complicated clothes you might wear, what might influence your parents to choose your name, and what children did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in…does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get onboard this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.
About the author
Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born. “Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. “Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience” Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.
Her new nonfiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non-Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca’s Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in …France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in…France for best in children’s non-fiction literature 2013. They will be followed by Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.
Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.