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If you were me and lived in... Mexico: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World Paperback – March 22, 2013

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"Traveling to Mexico? Si, this is the book for you.  Mexican heritage? Si, this is for you. Looking for ways to expand your child's understanding of the world around them? Si, this is for you. Want to raise children who appreciate diversity? Si, this is for you. If You Were Me and Lived in...Mexico...is simple in language and rich in culture. Muy bueno!"- Bianca Schulze, Children's Book Review


"...the simple vocabulary will be accessible for young and beginning readers, and a helpful pronunciation guide will aid readers..."- Kirkus Review

"With a target range of 4 to 8 years old the series provides a colourful and informative guide to a large range of countries across the world in just the right format for young minds. ... A short but informative book that explains a lot in only 22 pages. Highly recommended..." - Amanda Hayes, What's Good To Do, UK
   
"The book provides a fun way for children to begin to learn about Mexico by giving a few examples of what life would be like for them if they lived in Mexico. ... Overall If You Were Me and Lived in...Mexico is a great book for introducing children to the topic of Mexican culture. In particular, it is can inspire children to imagine about what life is like for others." - examiner.com
   
"While learning interesting facts through engaging text and exploring the wonders of different customs and cultures through colorful illustrations, children will also see how alike people from all over the world really are." - Schoolhouse Review Crew
   
"If You Were Me and Lived in... Mexico... tied in well with our current studies, as we've been learning about pyramids, and it talks about Chichen Itza, a pyramid shaped Mayan Temple." - Greatly Blessed (grtlyblesd.blogspot.com), blog


"... beautifully written and aimed at an elementary age range of pre-K to eight. ... Carole has done an excellent job in helping children see that even though people are people all over the world there are certain things that make a country and it's people unique and that is their culture." - Chareen, Every Bed of Roses, blog
   
"Carole pens "If You Were Me and Lived in... Mexico" in a tale that is a pleasure to read and in basic everyday words that introduces children to other cultures. Her colorful illustrations clearly show what each message she is portraying in an easy and simple way." - Susan Peck, Green Frog Children's Book Reviews, blog
   
"These books would be great to incorporate into elementary geography lessons.  They can provide the intro to each country and culture.  They're a nice springboard into further studies, like adding in map work, learning languages, capitals, and cultural practices.  
Overall, we found these titles to be fun and educational." - Sara, Embracing Destiny, blog
   
"Carole P. Roman has a series of books called "If You Were Me and Lived In..." and visits many countries. Each book is very educational. Great for adults too, to learn just a little about the cultures of the different countries. A must read for any age!" - Niki's Book Review 
   
"It is a fantastic way to introduce your pre-schooler or young elementary child to different cultures.  I homeschool my kids and I use this series for geography, reading, and to build vocabulary.  I feel that it also expands their worldview." - Lynny E., raised2read.com

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If You Were Me and Lived in... Mexico - Awards:
  • NABE Pinnacle Achievement Award
  • Shelf Unbound Award 2015 - Best Series
  • National Indie Excellence Award - Juvenile Non-Fiction Winner
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480209627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480209626
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book teaches children what it would be like to live in Mexico. It begins with showing a map of North America. Then gives a few historic buildings and sites that might interest the reader. It also gives examples of what a child's name could be and a few other facts including the type of currency used and foods. This book provides basic information for the reader so is suitable for younger children. Older children will want something more in depth.

This book will encourage children to learn more about a different culture in a simple way. Some added features is that the colorful illustrations match the text smoothly. There is also a pronunciation guide in the back of the book that will bring further understanding of the Mexican language. Overall, a great concept by the author. The only quibble is that it only scratches the surface of the Mexican culture providing tidbits here and there as it jumps around from one thing to another. But for younger children basic information is enough to peak their interest.
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Carole P. Roman delivers an exciting, fun-filled story from her children's series, which highlights learning about the many cultures all over the world. This entertaining story begins with learning about Mexico, its capital city, and historic sights.

Young readers will also learn Mexican pronunciation, and the definition of common terms, such as Escuela, meaning school. This delightful children's book is a golden gem in elementary level education, while it introduces interesting facts about history, and the globe. In addition, the colorful illustrations, along with some rhyming verse bring this story to life.

Most important, this book teaches young readers that regardless of how big the world is, people are basically the same. This book enhances reading skills as it educates about culture, language, and customs. An excellent reading selection for group discussions. "IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN...MEXICO" is as exciting and entertaining as Walt Disney's Pocahontas. Highly recommended to parents, teachers, and child-care providers!
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Reading Carole P Roman's children's books is as much a pleasure for adults as for children, the reason being that while the books are well illustrated, entertaining and involving, they also share a lesson in interpersonal relations that serve children well. She has now started a new series called A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World - the first volume is about Mexico and if all the planned books in the series are as fine as this opening foray, this is something that schools as well as home libraries should notice.

Pictures make solid memories and Roman understands this principle and uses it well. She opens her book with children pointing to the globe, specifically to Mexico `in the southern part of North America.' From this lift off she writes and paints about the famous monuments and buildings such as the Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Chichen Itza (the ancient Mayan Temple), discusses names common in Mexico (subtly noting that boys names end in `o' and girls in `a'), the idea of money exchange (pesos), cuisine (tamales are featured and well described), games (soccer of course, and muñecas for girls), holidays, names for schools and then she ends her book with a page that serves as a pronunciation guide for the Spanish words used in the text.

Roman thinks of everything and if her books do what they suggest they will do, this author will do more to solidify international understanding and relations at this early level of children's education that could change the world than just about any other source! Grady Harp, April 13
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This book is a wonderful look at life in Mexico. It introduces Spanish and traditions of the Mexican people. It's the perfect way to introduce other countries and cultures to children. It's simply written and easy to understand. Many children will be able to read this and understand the traditions from Mexico from other shows.

I love books like this. When my children were little I used books like this to show them people of the world. We used some of the traditions to make them sink in just a bit more. Carole P. Roman is fantastic at capturing what children love most to read about. Your children will love this book as much as her others.

I found no issues.

I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because this is a fantastic teaching tool.
~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
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Have you ever wished to live in or visit other parts of the world? I love to travel, and have often thought about living in another country. The United States is a melting pot of different peoples with different nationalities. It is a good thing, indeed, to learn about other cultures, other languages and other countries. In this way, we can become better neighbors and better friends.

Carole Roman, the author, was a teacher and has children of her own. I truly love her books. She introduces us to other ways of living and to other people with her books. This is particularly important for children to learn about others, how they live and what good friends they can become, before preconceived ideas have formed. In this book we learn all about Mexico, it's language, it's capital, the food, the fun places to visit, what children call their mamas and papas. Mexico is not far from several of our southwestern states. It would be nice to learn how to get along with other people. An extra added attraction is the glossary, where we learn the pronunciation of the words that are introduced. The illustrations are beautiful, colorful and vivid, and give us a wonderful depiction of the land called Mexico. This book can be a learning experience for parents/children and teachers/children. Discussions of Mexican culture, founds, clothing and words can be a lot of fun. Note: this book was given to me to read and review.

Recommended. prisrob
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