Friday, May 19, 2017

We're Visiting Germany Today! With Host Carole P. Roman, Of Course!

When your tante and onkel come to visit, your sister always wants to take them to see Neuschwanstein Castle. Onkel is your mother' brother and Tante is his wife. She was born in America.
The castle is one of Europe's most beautiful and famous tourist sites. It can be seen high on a hill in the old town of Fussen in the Bavarian mountains. King Ludwig II built the castle during the years 1869-1886, and many say it was the inspiration for Walt Disney's famous castle in his Disneyland theme park. You have to visit the throne room and pretend you are the rules of the country.

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

By Carole P. Roman
Illustrated by Kelsea Wierenga

I had a very personal interest in reading this book, given my heritage. I can still remember, when I was very young, that when I asked my mother if we were German, she quickly exclaimed that we were Americans! Of course, history would have affected her quick response--who wanted to be connected in any way to the Nazis regime? So I found that I didn't learn too much about Germany...until now... What a pleasure to learn of the country as if I were a child, living in what is now a very popular country. Let's learn more!

If you were me and lived in Germany you would call your country Deutschland, but the rest of the world would know it as the Federal Republic of Germany. You would find your home located in the northeastern part of Europe. The word Germany comes from a Germanic world meaning folk or people.


Germany has 16 states but also is a member of the European Union which is a group of countries that choose to make decisions together involving trade and money. Do you know that it is the most populated member of the European Union and the second most popular immigration destination in the world? What a wonderful way for children to learn of the countries of the world through this series!

Let's head to Berlin, the capital, and the largest city in Germany. It has been an important city for so long because it is located at the crossroads of two vital trade routes.

Along with all the other details about Germany, one interesting spot mentioned was the Port of Hamburg where the Miniature Wonderland is located...It is the world's largest model railway! Very Cool and I'd love to see that, wouldn't you?

With reading about some delicious cultural food from German, athletic games played, plus a very interesting assignment in school to name five important things about Germany--and you're right I'd never learned about any of them--I was pleased to see that we also got to visit Octoberfest n Munich... 

But I really wanted to see one of the five important things in Germany! A giant cuckoo clock! Wow!

And to learn of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) who was a composer and a woman who was known because her works led to what is now known as  opera...

Her works are considered the foundation for what became known as opera...

Just a final note for the inside artwork... It is outstanding--many kudos sent to Kelsea Wierenga... I'm so happy to have learned more about my heritage through Carole Roman's book on Germany...The series is always excellent, but this one was especially of value to me... Does your family originally come from Germany, then you just want to read this, as well as provide it for your child's introduction to the great country of Germany...

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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