Have you ever dreamed of getting to celebrate a national holiday that ends in everyone being soaked in water? It’s time for a new adventure – let’s load up with squirt guns and water balloons, and head to Peru for Carnival!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Did you know that 1/3 of the Peruvian population (9 million people) live in a single city? (Can you guess which one?) Carole P. Roman’s “If You Were Me and Lived in… Peru” introduces children to the history and culture of the Republic of Peru in this newest addition to her cultural series.
Kids will enjoy learning about what kids in Peru might be named, their names for their mom and dad, the holidays they celebrate, and what games they play.
Roman is always able to come up with interesting facts (including some lesser-known facts) about the countries in these books, and Peru is no exception. One piece of information that’s included is names and descriptions of foods commonly eaten in the country – one particular meal that in the past was eaten only by Incan kings may surprise (or disgust, or dismay) both you and your kids. Beyond the cultural and historical information, other facts are introduced where appropriate (like what a terrace is, in terms of farming) to enhance the child’s understanding of the material.
As with the other books in this series, there’s a (much appreciated) pronunciation guide at the end of the book that provides the correct spelling, the phonetic pronunciation, and the equivalent English word.
Designed for elementary age children, even adults will probably learn something new from this book. (I know I did!)
I received a complimentary ebook for review purposes; all opinions are my own.
Other books I’ve reviewed from this series:
If You Were Me and Lived in…Greece: 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 ($8.40 for the paperback; just 99 cents for the Kindle version!)