If You Were Me and Lived In … Norway Reviewed By Conny Crisalli of Bookpleasures.com
Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
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Author: Carole P. Roman
“If you were me and lived in Norway, your home would be here in Northern Europe. Norway is known as ‘The Land of the Midnight Sun,’ because for parts of the year, the sun never sets and shines all day and all night,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s story, If You Were Me and Lived In … Norway – An Introduction to Learning About Other Cultures.
Another book in the worldwide series, this twenty-eight page paperback book is targeted toward preschool to early elementary school children and readers who like to learn words from other countries. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, the book would best be read to beginner readers based on some of the more complicated, lengthy words. The sophomoric illustrations are easy to decipher and cover the complete page with a nicely sized wording font. There is a page at the end of the book on how to pronounce certain words.
Norway is an interesting place if you lived there. Besides having its capital as Oslo, the reader learns it contains three hundred and forty-three lakes with two rivers. With beautiful views of the colorful aurora borealis, it is home of the Kirkenes Snowhotel, completely made out of snow and ice including its furniture.
With plenty to do such as snowmobile, ice fishing, and riding a dogsled pulled by up to eighty huskies or dogs, there is also skiing, which has been enjoyed there for over four thousand years. One of the best days of the year is the seventeenth of May called Syttend Mai, the country’s independence day.
The reader learns foreign words such as kroner for money, din velkommen for you are welcome, smorbrod for an open-faced fish or chicken sandwich, vafler topped with krem for waffle with cream, and skole for school. Also taught are common Norwegian names for boys and girls along with what to call parents.
Not set in a fictional story, this educational book is a simple way for a young child to learn about a foreign land, especially if he or she knows someone living there or planning a trip to visit. With so many countries around the world, one looks forward to future books in the series to learn more about a specific location.
This book was furnished through Bostick Communications in lieu of an unbiased review.