Author: Carole P. Roman
Publisher: Red Feather Publishing
ISBN: 978-1484930861

It is the second most populated country in the world. That means a lot of people live there and it is very crowded,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s story, If You Were Me and Lived In … India – 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 learning 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 words. Colorful illustrations usually cover one side of the page with a nicely sized font wording on the opposite side. Sometimes words overlap two-page designs, making them hard to decipher. A page at the end of the book explains how to pronounce certain words.

India is an interesting place if you live there. The reader learns it is located in Southern Asia and its capital is New Delhi. Many movies are made there, with Bollywood being its industry’s name.

Unique places to visit are the Taj Mahal, the famous beautiful marble monument dedicated to Shah Jehan’s wife, and Rajasthan’s forts, palaces, and museums.

There are many different activities in the country such as traveling through the city in a rickshaw or by camel in the Thar Desert, playing cricket, or celebrating holidays such as Holi or spring harvest.

Well-known food items from the country include biryani (a rice dish with fish, eggs, meats, or vegetables), naan (a tasty Indian bread), and sweet lassi (a yogurt shake with fruit and sugar).

The reader learns foreign words such as rupee for money, maharajas for queens, maharanis for kings, and pathshala for school. 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.

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