It’s never too early to start teaching children about the world around them. In If You Were Me and Lived in… Greece, early learners get a taste of what their life would be like if they lived in Greece while being introduced to the birthplace of democracy.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
How much do you know about Greece? You probably know that that’s where the Parthenon is, and that the capital city of Athens is considered to be the birthplace of democracy, but do you know what the currency was before it became the euro? Or how and when the Parthenon was so badly damaged?
One of the things I love about Carole P. Roman’s “If You Were Me and Lived In…” series is that she includes interesting facts about the countries that many adults probably don’t even know. For example, I didn’t know how and when the Parthenon was damaged prior to reading this book – I always just incorrectly assumed the damage was purely age-related. Yet the books aren’t fact-heavy to the point that kids will be bored or overwhelmed – Roman finds a nice balance of interesting and relevant facts that are introduced in a lighthearted way.
If You Were Me and Lived in…Greece provides not just historical facts, though, but also touches on topics like popular names (and where those names might have come from), common foods, and special holidays. There’s also a pronunciation guide at the end of the book that provides the correct spelling, the phonetic pronunciation, and the equivalent English word.
While obviously there’s a lot that isn’t covered in this book (most notably Greek mythology, which I happen to be fascinated by), this is a great starting point for kids to learn more about Greek culture and history. While these books are written at an early elementary level, the information is interesting even for older kids (as evidenced by my teenage son’s interest in “overhearing” the book as I read it to my younger kids).
Other books I’ve reviewed from this series:
If You Were Me and Lived in…Peru: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World
If You Were Me and Lived in…Australia: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World
About the Author
Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the much-lauded children’s book Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life. Passionate about writing for young readers, she enjoys every opportunity to introduce young minds to the fascinating world that awaits them by expertly infusing fun stories with quality learning. Her experience as a former social studies teacher is wonderfully apparent in the engaging and educational travel books she writes for young readers. Now with more than ten books in her popular If You Were Me and Lived in… series, she’s beginning to rake in the accolades from ForeWord Reviews, Reader Views, and Rebecca’s Reads, as well as winning NABE Pinnacle awards for multiple titles. She lives on Long Island with her husband, children, and grandchildren. You can find her online on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.
This book is available on Amazon ($8.78 for the paperback; just 99 cents for the Kindle version!)