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If You Were Me and Lived in...Viking Europe: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time (Volume 3) Paperback – August 27, 2016
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If You Were Me and Lived in... Viking Europe - Awards:
- Back to Homeschool Resource Award winner!
- 2016 Homeschool Review Crew Blue Ribbon Awards - Favorite History Supplement
- Shelf Unbound 2016 Contest winner for Best Series
- NABE Fall 2016 Pinnacle Book Achievement Best Books in the Category of WRITING Winner
- 2016 Foreword INDIES Finalist
- 2017 Reader's Favorite Silver Medal Nonfiction Historical
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As you may have noticed, I am a book review blogger through and through. We are also a classical and living books homeschool family and love to read and enhance our learning topics by reading more and further on a topic. The variety of books, from Carole P. Roman, are right on target for what we need. For the purposes of this review for the Homeschool Review Crew, we were sent four books to use in our homeschool from a series, If You Were Me and Lived in… brought to you by Carole P. Roman and Awaywegomedia.com. We also have since bought others on Amazon Kindle as well.
Also, studying a bit of early explorers and the Enginerd’s own heritage has made my daughter very interested in reading all about If You Were Me and Lived in…Viking Europe. So many different directions to go and these are only a few of the vast quantity of information and educational books available from Carole P. Roman! It has been entertaining to see how many details I did not already know or at least remember from my own studies of these peoples and introducing my daughter to the main thoughts has been so valuable for her imagination! I’m sure I will be hearing many interesting stories in the imaginary play with her and her siblings in the days and weeks to come.
There were just two seasons...Summer, a time of light, and Winter, a time of darkness and you determined your age by how many winters you had survived. Winters were harsh and took much preparation during the Summer to survive. Much like the time of the Middle Ages, girls were chosen for marriage after age twelve. Matches were made based on alliances and protection and girls had little say in who they would marry. But, I was surprised to find divorce was possible and abuse or mistreatment was a huge dishonor.
The end of the book includes a listing of Norse Gods and other important people in Viking history. There is also a glossary of terms to explain the many unfamiliar words used throughout the book.
Roman is extremely talented in her research and retelling of history for children to understand. This book is perfect for older school-aged kids and especially for those who love learning about ancient history. Making it personal by putting the reader in the mind of a child their age makes the learning even more interesting.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
~ What ~
Sixth in An Introduction to Civilizations throughout Time series, this seventy-six-page paperback targets elementary to middle school-aged children and readers who like learning about historical eras. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words. Colorful pastel illustrations cover the pages with a nicely sized font wording, usually against a solid white background. At the ending, eight pages are dedicated to the gods and important people of the period, followed by a seven-page glossary that also includes pronunciation for each word.
In this book dedicated to the Vikings in ancient times, the history, religion, culture, clothing, and activities are explained. Readers can learn what their names would be, employment, town and home environment, food choices, necessary attire, monetary values, education, hobbies, and important people and what they accomplished.
~ Why ~
Not written as a fictional story, this educational and detailed account is a way for children to learn about another period in history and how it changed the world. As an adult, I appreciated the information on the explanation of people’s names, the three societal classes of Jarls, Karls, and Thralls, house layouts, wearing wimples and brooches, girls married at age fifteen, games of knattleikr and skaktafl, and the runic alphabet.
~ Why Not ~
While the book contains long paragraphs and three- to four-syllable words, it would have to be read out loud to new readers. Some may think its contents may be too advanced for young children, but the pictures are understandable and simplistic.
~ Who ~
Award-winning author, Roman has written several series for children of books based on countries, eras, and the pirate genre as well as adult non-fiction. She lives in New York with her husband and close to her children and grandchildren. Illustrator Arkova lives in Bulgaria and enjoys drawing bright pastels in funny cartoonish format.
~ Wish ~
I wish more creative books like this one were available that promoted historical events to be used as educational tools for teaching children.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a new series that covers a gambit of historical places and people, this one will inspire and educate your children about the way a life being a Viking.
Thanks to the author for this complimentary book to read and review, accepting my positive or negative opinion.
I really love how educational and entertaining these books can be. This time we visit Viking Europe, I do love Viking culture and I'm a fan of its gods and goddesses. I'm a fan of a culture that sometimes is seen as mere travelers who stole others' goods. The Vikings had a rich and cast culture.
The illustrations are amazing, the watercolor images have so much life and movement that it easy to get lost in them. As usual, the facts and data are very interesting and I'm sure you will find something you didn't know before.
I would totally recommend this for kids around ages from 9-10 to the end, and of course adults.
*** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. ***
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