As the title suggests, If You Were Me and Lived in…Egypt describes what it’s like to live as a child in Egypt. The book begins by explaining to children where Egypt is located on the globe and that it’s a transcontinental country, meaning that it is located in both Africa and Asia. The author, Carole P. Roman, discusses the culture of Egypt, the capital city of Cairo, the Middle East in general, and provides an overall good introduction for children who may not be familiar with this region of the world.
The drawings in the book show children in traditional clothing indigenous to the region. Roman supplies tidbits that children are likely to relate to, such as the proper names for parents – Ummi and Baba for mother and father – and grandparents. She also covers popular foods like halawa–a desert made from grounded sesame butter, honey and egg whites.
The family in the book goes on a picnic and we are told of the local foods that they would eat, including popular dishes in Egypt such as spicy meatballs (kofta), roasted and mashed eggplant with sesame paste and parsley, fried beef liver (kibda), and a favorite dessert of rice cooked in milk and vanilla (ros be laban).
The book also features information regarding natural sites and wonders found only in that area of the world, such as the three famous pyramids, the Great Sphinx, and the Nile River.
Roman fills the book with various adventures the children in Egypt go on. At the end of the book there is a pronunciation guide that lists all of the words and their proper pronunciations. I would recommend the book for any child interested in learning about other countries, other cultures, or children in other parts of the world.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Carole P. Roman. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.