Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Come, Let's Visit India! Another Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World by Carole P. Roman...

Working on a university campus for more than 30 years, I had the opportunity to know many individuals from India, as colleagues and neighbors, so it was fun to visit the country of their origin... I have always been intrigued by India and would have enjoyed seeing the Taj Mahal, wouldn't you?    India is in South Asia and is the second most populated country in the world--and is very crowded... You might live in the capital, New Delhi, where, of course, the government works to make laws and keep things connected since there are over 100 different languages spoken there!

If You Were Me and Lived In India:
A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World

By Carole P. Roman

If you are a boy, your parents could have named you Raj, Rakesh, or Anoop. Little girls are often named Rhea, Priyanka, or Nikita in India...



Got a rupee? That's the money you'll use 
If you love movies, check out the local theatres! Did you know that movies are made right there in Bollywood? 

Hundreds of movies are made there and the industry is called "Bollywood." You would love the singing, dancing, and action in these exciting films.

The Taj Mahal is a beautiful monument emperor Shah Jehan made for his wife. thousands of people go to India to see it. It is made out of white marble and has jewels pressed into its walls. You may prefer to visit Rajasthan. It is filled with forts, palaces, and museums that were built by majarajas and maharanis which is what you would call kings and queens in India. You would travel through the Thar Desert on a camel or a jeep.

I've had the opportunity to eat quite a number of different dishes from India, so I promise you will enjoy many of what you will find at this beautiful restaurant there in Rajasthan.

Playing and watching cricket is something you might want to learn while you are there. It sounded something like baseball but you've have to find out the difference!

And if you're there at the right time, you could visit and participate in a two-day celebration!

They also honor spring harvest. You would be in a group of people throwing colored powder and water at each other. There is a lot of dancing under sprinklers too. So you would come home tired and messy and happy from all the parties, dancing and food!

I was certainly happy to learn more about the cultural activities of India! Your children will have a picture book that includes full-color pictures with accompanying narrative that will help them learn about what the children there might become involved with. Me? I'd certainly plan to go to a festival if I were able to travel! Highly recommended for your child's growing home library...


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 Remarkable 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.
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.

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