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"Carole P. Roman has created a marvelous premise for her series of educational children's books: young readers are given the opportunity to realistically envision a foreign country without leaving their homes, libraries, or classrooms....Roman's formula allows for so much lovely variety in each book of this series that it hardly seems like a formula at all...If You Were Me and Lived in ...Kenya is a short, vibrant picture book, brightly illustrated in cartoon style. The text is scant, appropriate, and does not deviate from the central theme." ForeWord Reviews Clarion Review

"Roman was thrilled recently to learn that her educational hopes for the book were being realized. Nine- year- old ReaderViews Kids reviewer, Zoey Crane, wrote, "I love loved this book...I read this two times and then took it to my teacher. I am in 4th grade and she read it to the class. Now we all want to get more books from the author! We decided that from what we learned from this book we would have a Kenya day..."Zoey- ReaderViews Kids

Five Stars- Foreword Review Clarion Review!!!

"...takes young readers to the African nation of Kenya, where they get a short, engaging lesson on the country's culture. The opening phrase "If you were me..." helps kids imagine a narrator not much different them themselves...This series of books would be a natural fit in school classrooms and would also provide a good way for parents to teach their own kids about cultures, languages and geography of different countries. This installment is a quick read that many help kids see the similarities between themselves and their Kenyan peers." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Award winning author and former social studies teacher, Carole P. Roman is delighted to add Kenya to her wonderful series, "If You Were me and Lived in..." Her other series Captain No Beard has won numerous awards and has been recognized by both parents and teachers alike as a successful way to introduce lessons on tolerance, sharing, bullying, and responsibility. She lives on Long Island with her husband and very near her children and grandchildren who fill her life with joy.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World
  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481979914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481979917
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stacie Gorkow on January 22, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
In IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN...KENYA the author firsts introduces the reader to where Kenya is in the world and then introducing the language and culture. Many of the customs and people of the country are shown through vivid pictures. There is even a pronunciation key in the back for help with the native language.

I really like this series of books and the way they share factual information in a fun way. These books are perfect for children in Kindergarten - Second Grade and would make a great addition to any classroom library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
I love when I receive another book in Ms. Roman's wonderful series of introducing children to cultures around the world. In this excellent book I learned about life in, Kenya. I learned what they call mommy, Mxazi, and daddy, Baba. I saw where they have a wonderful National Reserve where everyone can see elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinoceroses, without fear of them. I learned of different foods that they ate, and games that they play. I also learned about their toys. Wow! What a great learning experience.

This little book is packed full of fun and interesting information about the people of Kenya. The illustrations are wonderful, bold and colorful and definitely help bring the story alive. Great job as always. Recommended.

I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl on January 24, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
“So now you see, if you were me, how life in Kenya could really be.”

If You Were Me and Lived in…Kenya is an entry in the educational “If You Were Me and Lived In…” book series. It takes young readers on a journey through this country in Africa.

Beginning with a highlighted map pinpointing Kenya’s location, the book is followed by pages of geographic, cultural, and historical information, as well as descriptions of local foods (such as nyama choma), activities (visiting the Maasai Mara National Reserve), and other aspects of living in this wildlife-rich region.

If You Were Me and Lived in…Kenya offers an interesting look into living in this area, and the colorful, detailed illustrations are detailed and informative. The pronunciation page at the end of the book, helping readers familiarize themselves with some Kenyan words and names, is priceless.

How wonderful it is that young readers are not only entertained by this series of books, but also educated about so many diverse cultures. Kudos to the author for providing young readers this educational book series and awakening an appreciation for this grand world we live in.

This cultural awareness series is recommended for young explorers who are curious about the world. The engaging and edifying books make unique gifts and constructive additions to any child’s bookshelf.

4.5 stars (One of my favorites in the series.)

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Target Reader: Elementary school age children
First Line: “If you were me and lived in Kenya, your home would be in the central southeastern part of the continent of Africa.”

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
My daughter, a lady who has been teaching first grade for over 24 years now, has been using this series of books by Carole P. Roman in her summer school program and she has informed me that the books have been very well received by her students - both first graders and beyond.

I must admit that I am rather fond of these little books also due to my lifelong fascination with geography and life long tendency to do a lot of traveling. Having spent the last few years of my working life (I am now quite retired finally) teaching in middle school and high school I found that young people today, despite their access to the computer and television, actually know very little about the world around them. Many don't know what is in our nearby states, much less other countries. I firmly feel that the study of different countries and different cultures is an extremely important part of the education process and I also feel that we cannot begin too soon with this process. These little books are a great starting point.

This particular work deals with the African country of Kenya. As with the other books in this series it teaches the little ones what they might expect if they lived there; what they would eat, what they would do in their leisure time, what animals they might see, where they might live. They are introduced to some of the names they might have been named had they been born there as well as artistic and musical culture of the country.

Throughout these books the author has sprinkled quite a few words of the native language and explained what each word means and how to use it. She has included a very nice pronunciation list in the back of the book.

This book makes for a great group read as the illustrations are colorful, detailed and quite precise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ruthjoec on February 19, 2014
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My Comments: I've enjoyed flipping through this charming set of children's books. The storyline is pretty much the same in all of them. They begin with a boy and a girl pointing out the country on a map. The capital city is identified (India's is New Delhi) and there is a picture of a major feature in the capital (in South Korea it is the Han River). Next, some common boys' and girls' names are given (in Norway Gunnar, Magnus, Bjorn or Birgitte, Anne or Hellena), and the words for Mommy and Daddy are identified (Mzazi and Baba in Kenya).. The local currency is named (peso in Mexico) and a local tourist attraction is named and shown (Eiffel Tower in France). Popular foods are described (tamale in Mexico) as is the favorite local sport (almost always soccer). We are told about the children's toys as well (skies in Norway). Finally, we learn a little about a favorite holiday (Mombasa Carnival in Kenya)and then learn what school is called in that country (ecole in France). The pictures (drawings, not photographs) show the landscape, the insides of homes, the clothing the kids wear and more. Each book ends with a pronunciation guide to help with the country-specific words. In short, there is a lot of information in these short books.

The author states these books for for kids in pre-k through age 8 and I'd say that's about right. The limited text and large pictures make it seem too babyish for older kids, though the vocabulary could be a bit much for a younger independent reader. Honestly, I don't know how most kids would take the repetitive nature of the books--each is basically the same story, only the locations and details have changed. They aren't really stories, they are child-friendly descriptions of the countries.

I'd like to thank the author for providing complimentary review copies of these books as well as some goodies for my youngest (a blow-up globe and a pencil). Grade: B+.
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