Monday, May 16, 2016

If You Were Me and Lived In...... Renaissance Italy by Carole P. Roman

If You Were Me and Lived In...... Renaissance Italy by
Carole P. Roman, illustrated by Silvia Brunetti is part of
a newly created picture book series featuring a variety of time periods.  This picture book features beautiful mixed media illustrations, combining full color photography with beautiful art.  There is a particular poignant spread featuring a cloaked farm worker with a panoramic styled scene of farmland and a castle in the backdrop. There is also a diagram of a traditional home- including the floor plan which incorporated details such as the servant's room, annd "papa's Business room".  This book provides an in-depth glimpse into the Renaissance time period- bringing history to life. Students of all ages will enjoy this book. Younger children will enjoy the lively art while older students will enjoy the rich historical content and the attention to detail. The end of the book features well know Renaissance art including Donatello's David and sculpture by Michelangelo.  There is an appendix of notable figures such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo, and Machiavelli.  Also included is a glossary of terms.  This book would make a great resource for any history curriculum.  This book would be great for any elementary school or middle school library.  Additional books in this series include Elizabethan England, Ancient Greece, and Colonial America.

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