Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Carole P. Roman with Away We Go Media {REVIEW}

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Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons.  Her series Captain No Beard was created from a game she plays with her grandson.  She has a series about Yoga and how accessible and easy it can be.  She also has finished the first of six books in her series about places and culture around the world.  To read more about Carole, click here.
 
We received four of Carole's books in her series about culture and places around the world.  If You Were Me and Lived in...Mexico, If You Were Me and Lived in...Norway, If You Were Me and Lived in...South Korea & If You Were Me and Lived in...France were the soft cover books we received. 

 photo if_you_were_me_in_mexico_cover_new_zps8edb4e1d.pngI really wanted to be able to do this review.  Why you might be wondering?  Well, I have a special reason as to why I wanted these books.  My sister-in-law is from the country of Norway. 

When she first came to the USA she brought a few things with her to introduce us to her country.  Pictures, stories and even some food were shared. 

I had some grand ideas for her visit to read the book about Norway but unfortunately an illness prevented the grand plans.  So we settled for reading and relaxing and my asking questions to further the information given in the book.

 photo norway_cover_zpsf09dea5b.pngThe kids really enjoyed having their Aunt Marita over for the day.  We picked her up in the morning, had lunch and then sat down afterward (well kind of..2 kids kept running around) to listen as Aunt Marita read to us about Norway.  I asked specific questions and we all worked on our pronunciation of the Norwegian language.  It's kind of nice to have an expert on the topic.  :)

I really enjoyed having Marita read the book about Norway.  She was great at sharing even more about what was on the pages.  The one part in the book about the parade was especially fun as she explained that it was like our 4th of July.  Only everyone there gets to dress up in Norwegian attire.  My oldest son mistook that as dressing up in costumes and everyone got a good laugh.  Then Marita got to explain that they use the traditional dress for the country and not costumes like we would think of in the USA.

She had the kids repeat after her with the pronunciation of the words in Norwegian found in the back of the book.  It was quite fun to hear each kid try to sound them out.  Even the younger kids tried which led to some laughter.  The kids and I had a blast.

All of the books talk about a different holiday, they incorporate some of the native language, different foods, the type of money used in the country, school and a place of interest.  The books are bright and colorful which kept their attention and I liked how they use children to talk about the country and culture in each book.

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We will definitely be pulling these out often. And when Aunt Marita comes to visit we will have her share with us more about Norway as she reads to us. 

These books are available at Carole's website here.  They are each $8.99 in paperback form.  The ages listed are Pre-K through age 8.  However, my oldest who was 11 did enjoy them.  I think it helps to make them come alive.  By adding the element of the children's Aunt (who was from Norway) come and read the books it added that element.  But it isn't necessary to have someone from that country.  Just do your own thing to make it come alive.  I know I plan on doing a food for each country the next time we bring them out.  It takes some planning but the kids LOVE when we do activities.
 
 

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the wonderful review. I am glad you children enjoyed the books. It's great when we can connect history and culture to our everyday lives.

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