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 Kenya, your home would be in the central southeastern part of the continent of Africa,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s story, If You Were Me and Lived In … Kenya – A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World.
Part of the worldwide series, this thirty page paperback 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 but no English explanation.
Kenya is an interesting place if you live there. The reader learns its capital, Nairobi, is a Maasai word meaning “cold water.”
A unique place to visit is the Maasai Mara National Reserve to see large game animals. One can stay at the wilderness lodge on the reserve called Keekorok.
There are many different activities in the country such as playing cricket or going to the Mombasa Carnival held in the largest coastal port in east Africa that has a parade with floats.
A favorite meal is the nyama choma, beef or goat roasted over an open fire, served with mixed vegetables and flatbread called chapatti. Chai, boiled water with milk, is a well-known drink and samosa is a fried triangle-shaped snack.
The reader learns foreign words such as schilling for money, galimoto are clever push toys, and schule is 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.