If You Were Me and Lived In France.... 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 another edition in a series of picture books focusing on a particular country. It would also be a good book to read to children before a family vacation to France, or for a family that is interested in their French ancestry. This book would appropriate for grade school children as part of a geography or social studies lesson.
This book follows a similar format as the first book in the series about Mexico. This consistency makes this series perfect for the school setting. The predictability of the book's format will appeal to younger readers. In this addition to the series, the reader will learn about the geographical location of France and will be 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 markets for example, features flowers and local pastry. It reinforces the stereotypical ideas of France in the context of their actual settings. Apparently a special hallmark of this series is the inclusion of a unique and unexpected pattern which is integrated into the bedroom scene. In this case, the blanket features an authentic French flower pattern. It would be nice to see this pattern mix throughout the book. The last page includes pronunciations of some of the words used in the book. As a blogger I received this book for the purpose of writing this review.