Captain-No-Beard-An-Imaginary-Tale-of-a-Pirates-Life-300x300Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

Captain No Beard, An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life

Carole P. Roman is a creative new children’s author. Once a Social Studies teacher, she uses her teaching background and experience with children to write both educational as well as imaginative books with great character building messages.

Roman’s first book was Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life. Throughout Captain No Beard, Roman’s characters learn that being pirates is hard work! They have to keep the Flying Dragon ship-shape, work together, and keep up on all of their pirate vocabulary knowledge (luckily they have a Pirate Dictionary on hand!).

As the story progressed through deck swabbing and battening down the hatches for the storm that was brewing, I began to get a sense that the characters (a boy Captain, girl First Mate, and a host of animal sailors) were kids playing make-believe with their stuffed animals. Sure enough, the story ended with the mermaid herself (Momma) delivering a tray of cookies to the pirates’ bed… I mean the Flying Dragon ship! All in all, it was a very cute story, with great illustrations, and one that encouraged children to have fun while working hard.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Pepper-Parrots-Problem-with-PatiencePepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience

Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience is another great Captain No Beard story that introduces a new character – what pirate story is complete without a parrot, after all! Since Pepper is new, the Captain decides that they should all practice their emergency drills. They begin by reviewing the port side of the ship (the left side) verses the starboard side of the ship (the right side).

Unfortunately, Pepper does not know her left from her right just yet and becomes very angry with herself for making mistakes. Our own children tend to be a bit perfectionist and also hate making mistakes, so I am very glad to see Roman address this issue in a creative way. With a little bit of patience, Pepper’s new friends teach her that her left thumb and finger form an “L”, and that can remind her which side is her left and which is her right. In the end, Pepper has a new attitude of confidence and is no longer peppery-angry, so her name is changed to Polly and the kids celebrate with crackers downstairs.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

if_you_were_me_in_mexico_cover_newIf You Were Me and Lived In…Mexico

The third book I reviewed by Carole P. Roman is a non-fiction book, If you were me and lived in… Mexico: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World. This is where Roman’s experience in Social Studies really comes into play. One of the things that excites me most about this book is that it is obviously one in what will be a series of books to educate children about cultures around the world. Many of the books I have seen and used in this style have not always been for younger kids (pre-K – second grade), as this one is, and most concentrate more on the past culture of the area instead of the modern culture as Roman shows Mexico here. Roman addresses everyday settings and how they would play out in Mexico. Things like typical boys’ and girls’ names, landmarks you might visit, like the Mayan Temple Chichen Itza, foods you might eat, activities you would enjoy, and holidays you would celebrate – all things that you would experience in your own country, but which would have different names and be experienced in a slightly different ways in Mexico. Overall, it is very well done and is a great introduction to a different culture.

I can’t wait to see more from Carole P. Roman in both of the Captain No Beard and If You Were Me and Lived In… series. Well done!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Alyssa Katanic is a wife and homeschooling mother of 6 children under 10 years old. She loves reading and collecting great books to share with others and knows that one can never have too many!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Carole P. Roman. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.