if you were me and lived in book coverReviewed by Alyssa Katanic

Carole P. Roman expanded her Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World Series with the additions of If You Were Me and Lived in…Peru and If You Were Me and Lived in…Greece. It is always exciting to see new titles in this great series, which truly whets a child’s appetite to explore the world, its history, and its people.

In general, Roman’s portrayal of the Peruvian and Greek cultures followed the typical outline of the If You Were Me and Lived In… series. We learned the vocabulary for Mom and Dad, doll, school, typical names, favorite foods and festivals, and what currency is used. The fun always comes in when we are introduced to the sights and stories of the culture. For instance, when talking about a great place to take visitors in Peru, Roman’s illustrations overlay an excellent photograph of Machu Picchu and the growing fields carved into the mountainside by the Incas. I wish we could have also seen the land carvings in Nazca! That is the great thing about this series–it encourages adults and children to continue to explore each country together.

I am sure that it is very difficult to pinpoint which key landmark to highlight in an “Introduction to Culture”, especially in such a culturally rich location as Greece, but, again, Roman chooses great facts to share, such as the Parthenon and the story of how it came to be mostly destroyed in the 1600s. Unfortunately, this story of Greece does have a few blunders that may plague a member of the Grammar Police. (I am wiping away a tear.) Nonetheless, it is an adventurous read that may also cause one to start planning that dream vacation, or heading to the library to read more about Athens, democracy, Aristotle, or one of the many other great aspects of Greek culture to which Roman introduces readers.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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.