You might live in the capital, Athens. Athens is 3,400 years old and the largest city in Greece. It is an important city and has often been called the "cradle of western civilization." It has earned that name because it is the birthplace of democracy. Democracy is a government run by many people rather than a single ruler.
Thousands of years ago, important teachers like Plato and Aristotle had schools there. Many of their lessons are still caught in schools today.
If You Were Me and Lived in Greece:
A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World
By Carole P. Roman
After reading the epic historical novel by Loretta Proctor, set in Greece, I thought it would be fun to go back and take another look and take our children!
If you were me and lived in Greece, you would find yourself in Southern Europe in a country that is located in the crossroads of Europe, Western Asic, and Africa. Greece is also known as the Hellenic Republic and has always been referred to as Hellas, [pertaining to the constitutional history of the country...]
Undoubtedly before children all over the world finish school, they will have studied and learned to a lesser or greater extent about the teachers--Aristotle, Plato and Socrates are probably the most famous, but there are many others who helped mold the ideas of a democracy such as we have here in the United States.
Before we go further, let's meet some of the kids you will get to know and maybe even have time to play with:
If you were born in Greece, your parents might have picked Georgios, or Dimitrios, or Nikolaos, if you are a boy...
If you are a girl, they could have chosen Eleni, Sophia, or Katerina...
|Stuffed grape leaves, salad and tzatziki|
You may have had most of these items in a sandwich called a gyro? Have you ever eaten one? Oh, they are delicious! Do try what each country can offer you, that's the way to learn more about what is grown, what animals are there and what the culture traditionally serves... Oh, and don't forget to try theloukoumades, which is a doughnut covered with honey and cinnamon... Yum!
Did you know that the Olympics Games, which still go on today, all over the world, were created in the town of Olympia, Greece, in the 8th century B.C.?
...everyone in Greece loves the Olympics... It was a huge athletic festival when it started, celebrating the best athletes from every town in the area. It is said that when they created the games, it caused the wars to often stop so they could compete instead...
Learn about the Parliament Building ceremony, the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Athena, The Feast of Basil and why there is a coin in the cake, and more in this full-
color children's book, which includes an extensive list of all the new words you will learn and how to pronounce them in the Greek language...
Wouldn't you like to visit? I know I would. We may not get there in reality, but this introduction to the culture for your children will certainly help them to learn more about one of the most important civilizations that has brought so much meaning across the world!
Highly recommended and add it to your children's permanent library for future reference...
Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.
Her new non fiction 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 with 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.