Saturday, April 27, 2013
If You Were Me and Lived In Mexico.... A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around The World By Carole P. Roman
If You Were Me and Lived In Mexico.... A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around The World By Carole P. Roman is a new picture book introducing young readers to a new country. This book is first in a series of picture books focusing on a particular country. The young reader will learn about the geographical location of Mexico and will be briefly introduced to historic buildings, coinage, tourist attractions, local foods, national holidays, sports and other social norms. Full color, simply drawn cartoon drawings compliment the text. The drawing of the market for example, features traditional patterned blankets, authentic local foods as well as vague unidentified gray colored objects hanging from a string. I imagine these are either fish or animal pelts. Apparently in Mexican shops there is no attempt to separate produce or meat from the nonedible items and textiles that are also for sale. On the page that shows a boy watching "futbol", the TV screen has an actual photographic image of an actual game. This is a unique and unexpected touch which will be certain to surprise the reader. The last page includes pronunciations of some of the words used in the book. I feel this book would be suitable for the school market for grade school children. Although it clearly isn't a text book it would make an appropriate quick story to supplement a geography lesson. It would also be a good book to read to children before a family vacation to Mexico. As a blogger I received this book for the purpose of writing this review.