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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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"...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
"... 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
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- NABE Pinnacle Achievement Award
- Shelf Unbound Award 2015 - Best Series
- National Indie Excellence Award - Juvenile Non-Fiction Winner
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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
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~
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
El libro está hermosamente ilustrado y es bastante preciso en todo, excepto en el festejo que pone como más representativo de México: el Descubrimiento de... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jessika
Award-winning Carole P Roman's series If You Were Me and Lived in...is a wonderful way to introduce children, ages pre-K to 8 years, to cultures of people around the world. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anne Rightler
My daughter has asked for a globe since we started reading this series. That's the best idea ever as a X-mas present.Published 8 months ago by Sarah
"If You Were Me And Lived in...Mexico" is another great children's book in the "Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World" series by Carole P. Roman! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jill H.
My kids are getting more and more interested in the world around them. We recently sponsored a little boy from Mexico and have been exchanging letters with him and learning about... Read morePublished 13 months ago by PennyMindingMom
Absolutely, always love Carole’s writing! My daughter always feels involved when Carole’s new book hits the mailbox. The information that are within the series are great. Read morePublished 15 months ago by werejumpinbooks
"You mama" really bothered me. For someone to publish a children's book and make mistake with you vs your. I guess i was expecting more from all the 5 stars reviews. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Debbie
As we trek off to Mexico, we are shown a great map that depicts where it is in the world. We learn names of boys and girls, food, and holidays. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Romance Authors That Rock
NIce book. Nice pictures. Good enough for my child's book report.Published 18 months ago by sadad D