Monday, January 4, 2016

A Trip to Italy to Start the Year - Of course, with Carole P. Roman as our Child's Tour Guide!

English: emblem of the Italian Republic Italia...
If you were me and lived in Italy (I-ta-lja), your home would be called the Republic of Italy, and it would be found in the southern part of Europe. It is often called lo Stivale (lo Stee-val-e) or "the boot," because it is shaped like one.

In ancient times, Italy was the home of the Roman Empire. For many years, it controlled most of the world...

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

By Carole P. Roman
Illustrated by Kelsea Wierenga

I have always wanted to visit Italy so I'm happy that Carole Roman has taken our children there in her latest book. As many will already know Rome is the capital of the country. It was founded by Romulus in 753 BC and is one of the oldest cities in the world...Rome is often called the Eternal City...because of its influence on western civilization. Doesn't this beautiful picture reflect the feeling of eternity?

Of course one of the best parts of visiting another country is to meet the children actually living there! If you were a boy, your name might be Leonardo or Sergio or Angelo...
Or if you are a little girl, popular names are Conchetta or Giana, or Letitia...

This series has a set selection of information so that children will learn about the children they may meet, the food they will eat, the type of money to be used there in Italy and also some few basic words such as what mother and father are called in their language. And learn about their home life and sports they play.

My favorite part is when we act as visitors and get to see some of the famous local attractions in the country. For instance, the famous Coliseum right in the center of Rome. When visitors come, you would love to show them the famous Coliseum in the center of Rome. It is an ancient concrete and stone theater that is the largest amphitheatre in the world. Three emperors or kings built it during the years 72-9- BC. It sat fifty-thousand to eight-thousand people and was famous for public events... 

I was especially intrigued by the significance they place on International Women's Day on March 8th, when the mimosa flowers are out and the children pick them to present to the important women in their lives... How Cool!

Once again I've enjoyed traveling to another country with Carole P. Roman. There are many different events and activities that you and your children will enjoy learning about. Highly recommended...

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.
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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