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.
Author: Carole P. Roman
Publisher: Red Feather Publishing
“If you were me and lived in France, your home would be here in Western Europe. You might live in the capital, Paris,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s story, If You Were Me and Lived In … France – A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World.
Part of the worldwide series, this twenty-six page paperback book targets preschool to early elementary school aged 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. Easy to decipher and simplistic illustrations usually cover one side of the page with a nicely sized font wording on the opposite side. There is a page at the end of the book on how to pronounce certain words.
France is an interesting place if you live there. The reader learns Paris was the first city in Europe to use gas lamps to light streets, giving it the nickname, “City of Light.”
One unique place to visit in France is the Eiffel Tower, which is made of iron and was built by Gustave Eiffel in 1889.
A well-known food item enjoyed is the crepe that can be filled with vegetables, meats, cheeses, fruits, or chocolate spreads.
There are many different activities in the country such as soccer, tea parties, and participating in their favorite holiday on July fourteenth, which is French National Day or Bastille Day.
The reader learns foreign words such as euros for money, boulangerie for bakery, poupee for doll, and ecole for school (French accent marks are included in the book, not in this review). Also taught are common names for boys and girls along with what to call parents.
Not written as 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 is 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.
Thanks to Red Feather Publishing for furnishing this book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.