Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Heading to Hungary with Carole P. Roman's - A Child's Introduction to Culture

The Crown, Sword and Globus Cruciger of Hungary
The Crown, Sword and Globus Cruciger of Hungary 

If you were me and lived in Hungary, you would find yourself landlocked in Central Europe. That means your country if surrounded on all four borders by other countries and no ocean.

You might live in the capital, Budapest. Budapest is Hungary's largest city and
one of the biggest cities in the European Union...
Everybody loves to take a picture in front of the Hungarian Parliament building. That is where all the laws are made in Hungary.

If You Were Me and Lived in...
A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World

By Carole P. Roman

Hey, everybody, check out the cruise boat in the above picture, do you know what famous river divides the capital city? Let's see if this helps! Well, for me, this cruise is one of the first things I'd want to take, wouldn't you? What better way to see the whole city than to glide in the beautiful Danube?!

Buda and Obuda sit on the west bank, and Pest is on the east bank. That means the one city is divided by the Danube River. The Hungarians call is the Duna River...

Let's meet some of the children before we go any further...Boys are often called Attila, Laszlo, or Peter...

If you are a girl, your name may be Erzse'bet, Suzanna, or Judit:

And don't forget to change your money to that used in Hungary--maybe even to buy a baba to bring home as a souvenir or gift

Sightseeing could include going to see the Balaton, the largest lake in central Europe, but with the Danube nearby,

I wanted to go see Caves of Aggtelek!

First is the Dripstone Cave and then the Concert Hall. Both with lights and synchronated music. The third is the Baradia which is the largest and most magnificent. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be right there in the Caves?!

 Ok all that walking has made us all hungry!  And we've been invited to Nagy's house! That's the word for grandma and she is part of our host family who invited us to come to Hungary. Here's the wonderful meal she served!

A cherry soup
Goulash, with meat and vegetables--paprika
gives the food a special reddish color...

And a delicious-looking dobos torta which is a sponge cake topped with delicious caramel...

Although there is more to read about in the book, including about this! Do you know what it is??! 

I'm going to close with a bit of history...     

Saint Stephen is a very important hero in Hungary. He was the first King of Hungary and they have a holiday called Saint Istvhan's Day to celebrate his great accomplishments. King Stephen is famous for uniting the people and defeating all the foreign invaders. He was made King on January 1, 1001...

Provided in both Hungarian and English

Children will in this volume of Carole P. Roman's series on culture around the world... Each book begins with an introduction of the country within the world, geographically, and then proceeds to introduce children to parts of the country, such as the capital, to its children and what things they might do or where they might go for sightseeing. Often, for many of us, it will be the first and maybe even the only introduction they will have to a country. What's so important is that by creating them for the children, they will have a chance to marvel at the wide world in which we live and begin to realize there is so much more than the area in which they might now live. A truly superb children's series that is highly recommended for children and adults alike!


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. It has followed with four 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.
She has just finished the first of six books in a groundbreaking new nonfiction series about culture around the world. "If You Were Me and Lived in..." combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us.

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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