If You Were Me and Lived in… Historical series: Carole P. Roman ~ Product Review

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Carole P. Roman is a children’s book author who has series of historical books called If You Were Me and in… Historical series. Each book in this series provides a child’s eye view of what it was like to live in a certain time period. The book approaches history by putting the reader in the story to help them visualize actually being in that time and place of history. Each of the two books we read starts by creating a setting and providing you with what your name might have been if you are a girl or boy. The stories not only tell you about life but encourage you to put yourself in that historical place.

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I received If You Were Me and Lived in… Elizabethan England and If You Were Me and Lived in… Viking Europe.  This historical series is meant for ages 8-15 but I think you could also use them for younger ages as well.  My daughter is 14 and felt that it was more for 8- 13 but it was a good foundation for learning a little about life in the different time periods but not if you wanted to go into a great depth of details with it.  The stories include some terms and ideas that you would get from a history text but placed in a story format so that the reader’s interest is kept.   I think that homeschoolers that learn through living books would benefit greatly from these books as well as homeschoolers that want to supplement their history curriculum.   I think that one of these historical books would be ideal as an introductory book to read before starting your studies in a particular historical time period and culture.  For example,  if you were going to begin studying Elizabethan England, I would suggest reading the If You Were Me and Lived in… Elizabethan England book.

In addition to the story itself, both books that we read from the Historical series contain a glossary of terms in the back of the book as well as a mention of important people from that historical time period.  For example, the If You Were Me and Lived in… Elizabethan England book has a picture of Elizabeth I along with a brief description of who she was and her life.  In the If You Were Me and Lived in… Viking Europe book, Erik the Red is one of the important Vikings listed in the back of the book giving a brief account of who he was but without a picture of him.  This book also lists and describes some of the important Norse gods and goddesses that were important to the Vikings.  These two books are both illustrated and are between 40 and 70 pages long on average.

We mainly read and studied these two historical books that we received from Carole P. Roman but we did receive 3 others from her as well:  If You Were Me and Lived in… Scotland (which is from her cultural series),   If You Were Me and Lived in… Ancient Mali Empire (another historical series book), and Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag which is an early chapter book of hers.

The If You Were Me and Lived in… Ancient Mali Empire book is similar to the other two historical series books that I already mentioned but taking place 700 years ago in Mali.  The book is 76 pages in length.

If You Were Me and Lived in… Scotland book is also similar to the historical series book but it is more geared toward ages 4 to 8. It is primarily an introduction to Scottish culture minus a historical context at a younger child’s level of understanding.  It provided some geography as well as information on what it would be like to live in Scotland.  This book was approximately 25 pages long with pronunciation guide in the back of the book.

Finally, my last book was a chapter reader book, Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag which is about 34 pages long with 9 chapters that are about 3 to 4 pages each.  I felt that the story itself was very detailed and interesting with good lessons included in the plot. It is geared for ages 8 to 12 and is a newer series that goes by Oh Susannah.  The book focuses on how Susannah, a third grader, puts her troubles in a bag rather than dealing with them and the lesson on learning to get help from others for things you are going through.

I was impressed with the different books from Carole P. Roman.  I felt that were well written towards the various age groups and provided more than just what you expect from a typical children’s book.  As a homeschooler, I believe these are books that are worth being placed on your bookshelves and becoming well worn through much use and love.


Oh Susannah, Bedtime Stories, Captain No Beard, If you were Me ... {Carole P. Roman Reviews}

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