Saturday, May 3, 2014

When I Grow Up, If You Were Me and Lived In ….

Teaching youngsters to not only enjoy reading, but learn while doing so is always a good thing. I’m sharing my thoughts on several children’s books that accomplish this task quite well and with ease.

WIGO_USNAVY_R9.inddThis is a charming story of a young boy named Noah who enjoys hearing his Grandpa Ed’s stories of being in the Navy.

When a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier comes into port, Noah is excited to visit it. Noah and his little sister, Marina, tour the ship with their grandfather. He tells them the sailors take an oath to keep the country safe. He explains the various jobs on the ship and the different names items have.

The youngsters talk about the different positions on the ship and what they want to be. They finally decide they can both be on the ship – Noah as a fighter pilot and Marina as the captain of the ship.

Woven throughout the delightful story is detailed information about the Navy, the personal involved on the ship and the duties they perform. The cheerful illustrations of Noah, Marina and Grandpa Ed are blended with actual photos showing the workings of a ship.

This book is educational and entertaining. It shows respect to those serving in the U.S. Navy, while making it easy for youngsters to understand. It combines history with career choices and presents it on a level youngsters can appreciate.

When I Grow Up I Want To Be … in the U.S. Navy by Wigu Publishing, Wigu Publishing, @2014, ISBN: 978-1939973023, Paperback, 58 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.


If you are looking for a way to explain different cultures to your youngsters, award-winning author Carole P. Roman has a delightful series that you don’t want to miss.

Each book in the series features a different country, introducing youngsters to the culture and customs of that region.
Australia cover 
IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … AUSTRALIA takes youngsters Down Under to learn about the county (and continent) of Australia. They learn its location and capital city. They learn the popular names of boys and girls. They also learn of interesting places to visit, what games are played and the major holiday.

This story is presented in simple, easy terms youngsters will be able to follow. The story is fun and educational and brought to life through beautiful illustrations.

France coverIF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … FRANCE takes youngsters on a magical trip to Western Europe to tour Paris. The charming story tells of the activities youngsters would see and participate in while in France. It explores the various differences in the cultures.

The book, also beautifully illustrated, shows diversity, as well as similarity in the youngsters’ activities.

India coverIF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … INDIA whisks youngsters to South Asia and the second most populated country in the world, India. Youngsters learn how people travel and how their money is different. The story explores beautiful monuments and discusses good.

The colorful illustrations enhance the story. Youngsters will learn that no matter where they go in the world, children are basically the same.

Kenya coverIF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … KENYA explores the customs and cultures of a part of Africa. Youngsters learn the names parents are called and the various animals that call that region home.

The story teaches youngsters about how people prepare their meals and enjoy their leisure time. The lovely illustrations will hold youngsters’ attention as they learn the ways of other countries.

Mexico coverIF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … MEXICO carried readers to the southern part of North America. Youngsters will learn of traditions and customs that have long histories.

Beautifully illustrated, the story teaches youngsters interesting facts about the neighboring country. They learn names and favorite places to visit, along with activities everyone enjoys. They learn how the money is different and the alternate name for school.

Norway coverI YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … NORWAY takes youngsters away to ‘The Land of the Midnight Sun.’ The story teaches the history of their money, explains about the Northern Lights, and tells of a hotel made out of snow and ice.

The colorful illustrations bring the activities to life showing youngsters fun events are enjoyed all over the world. Youngsters will learn bits of history while enjoying the read.

South Korea coverIF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … SOUTH KOREA propels readers to a land in East Asia. This enchanting story will entertain youngsters with history and facts from a culture far away.

The delightful illustrations highlight activities youngsters all over the world enjoy. This fascinating story will explore the diversity of the two cultures, while showing the similarities.

Turkey coverIF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … TURKEY finds readers exploring Western Asia. This charming story gives a bit of history about the country’s location and travel spots tourists would visit.

Richly illustrated, this book will enhance youngsters’ learning experience. This is a great way for youngsters to learn without feeling pressured.

This charming series offers a wonderful way for children to learn and have fun doing it. The series opens up avenues for parents and children to discuss how people of the world are different, but still the same. It’s a fascinating way for youngsters to explore the world. The series is geared toward youngsters ages 3 to 8, but can be enjoyed by all ages.

If You Were Me and Lived In … Australia by Carole P. Roman, A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World, CreateSpace Independent Publishing, @2014, ISBN: 978-1490522395, Paperback, 28 Pages
If You Were Me and Lived In … France
ISBN-13: 978-1481032001, @2013, Paperback, 26 Pages
If You Were Me and Lived In … India
ISBN-13: 978-1484930861, @2014, Paperback, 28 Pages
If You Were Me and Lived In … Kenya
ISBN-13: 978-1481979917, @2013, Paperback, 30 Pages
If You Were Me and Lived In … Mexico
ISBN-13: 978-1480209626, @2013, Paperback, 26 Pages
If You Were Me and Lived In … Norway
ISBN-13: 978-1481979948, @2013, Paperback, 30 Pages
If You Were Me and Lived In … South Korea
ISBN-13: 978-1481062343, @2013, Paperback, 28 Pages
If You Were Me and Lived In … Turkey
ISBN-13: 978-1481979849, @2013, Paperback, 26 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure - These books were sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copies did not influence my reviews.

Hi everyone and thanks for stopping by today. It’s always a pleasure when I can pass along information on books that will entertain and educate the youngsters in your lives. Hope you’re having a pleasure Saturday. What’s on your reading agenda for today?

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  1. That series was a smart idea. Teach kids about other countries. I remember learning so little about other countries and cultures in school outside of basic history.
    Really like that first book though. Something that show respect for our military!

  2. Mason - It's so important that children have interesting things to read. That's what captures their interest. And the more they learn about different ways of thinking and living, the more global they'll become in their outlook. And that's a very good thing.

  3. I'm shocked by that first one! Army propaganda from an early age in order to create future army robots? I'm just appalled. Who on Earth would dream for their kid to become a soldier and go killing and conquering?

  4. I love the "If you were me" series. Our U.S. children are so sheltered from the rest of the world. I also like the first one. It's good for our children to know what our brave men and women are doing to protect our country and what their job entails.

  5. Love series like If You Were Me - fun for the kids. Kids are so curious about other kids! :)

  6. The "If you were me" series sounds like a great way to teach kids about other countries.

  7. I love these! It's important for parents to find books that are not only entertaining but educational, as well.

  8. What a super idea for a series. It's a great thing when kids can read for pleasure and learn too.


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