carole p roman book coversReviewed by Alyssa Katanic

I was very excited to open my review package and find five new books by Carole P. Roman!
If You Were Me and Lived in France and If You Were Me and Lived In South Korea are Roman’s two latest contributions to younger elementary geography and social studies. In the same simple and sweet style as If You Were Me and Lived in Mexico (see review here), Roman introduces children to the countries of France and South Korea through typical names for boys and girls, places you would visit, and what you would call your mom, dad, money, school and more. For those of us who are not familiar with French or Korean, there are pronunciation guides in the back of the book – perhaps I should have found these before I read about South Korea to my kiddos!

Though these are not in-depth studies about these countries, they are perfect introductions that spark great interest in learning more and finding their locations (and other countries) on the globe. In fact, I also received a flag of France and an inflatable globe with these books. We were able to talk about France’s flag compared to our American flag, and the children spent much time exploring the child friendly globe and finding all of the countries we have read about, as well as where we live. I highly recommend the If You Were Me and Lived in… series for teachers, caregivers, homeschoolers, and others with preschool through about age 7.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

stuck in the doldrums book coverThe children and I also highly enjoyed two new books in the Captain No Beard series: Stuck in the Doldrums, and Strangers on the High Seas. As with the other Captain No Beard books I have reviewed, Stuck in the Doldrums and Strangers on the High Seas inspire imaginative play while teaching life lessons to children in a fun way.

In Stuck in the Doldrums Captain No Beard is in a grumpy mood and is taking his leadership role very seriously – as in, he is bossing others around and working to please himself! His friends do not like that and leave the captain to himself. The captain soon faces a foe and needs the help of his crew, who quickly comes to his rescue. In the process, Captain No Beard realizes his need for his crew and the importance of working together and being a considerate leader instead of just being the boss.

In Stranger On the High Seas, Captain No Beard is again in a grumpy mood, but this time it is because they must watch their baby cousin, Cayla… O! I mean, they have a new crew member, Cabin Girl Cayla, who tends to get a little too close to the railing for the captain’s comfort. As they are sailing, a black pirate ship approaches. These pirates have a mean look and a bad reputation. Knowing that they are not to speak to strangers or approach strange animals without permission, Captain No Beard and his crew sail away as fast as they can. In the end, it is Cabin Girl Cayla, in need of a diaper change, who is able to scare off the black pirates with her secret weapon stench!

My three year old is one of those very friendly little ones who needs to hear the repeated message about not speaking to strangers (she will run up to and hug random people in the grocery store!), so I am very glad to have Roman’s book Strangers on the High Seas in my arsenal!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

We were also able to enjoy Carole P. Roman’s book I Want To Do Yoga Too, a sweet story about a mom and daughter who are headed to the gym. Little Hallie must stay in the child watch program as her mommy goes to yoga class, and she is NOT happy about it. She wants to do yoga, too! To distract Hallie, her caregiver, Robin, has Hallie pretend to be a tree, an airplane, a butterfly, and a cobra – all yoga poses that her mom would have done in her own class. Hallie has so much fun that she can’t wait to come back! This story is a great example of a caregiver doing a wonderful job. It is also a fun book that had my children trying all of the poses themselves as I read. We had a great time!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Carole P. Roman continues to do a great job! I congratulate her and look forward to even more of her work!

Alyssa Katanic is a wife and homeschooling mother of 7 children under 11 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.