Author: Carole P. Roman
Publisher: Red Feather Publishing
ISBN: 978-1493781980


If you were me and lived in Russia (rush-a), you would live in Northern Eurasia (Ur-ray-ja). You might call it the Russian Federation because it has many different nationalities and ethnic groups living within its vast borders,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived In … Russia – A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World.

Part of the worldwide series, this thirty-two 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 overlapping the artwork, making the words hard to read. Two pages at the end of the book explain how to pronounce certain words and their meanings.

Russia is an interesting place if you live there as it has nine different time zones. The reader learns that Moscow is its capital and the fifth largest city in the world.

A unique place to visit is the Red Square, where state ceremonies and parades are held. Nearby is St. Basil’s Cathedral also known as the Pokrovsky Cathedral, along with the Kremlin.

There are many activities in the country such as playing xoken or hockey, chess, or fipe, a form of tag, along with collecting Matryoshka dolls. The country celebrates New Years with a Novogodnaya Yolka and wait for Ded Moroz or Grandfather Frost to bring presents.

Favorite foods are borscht (beet soup with a little meat), piroshky (a pastry), and blini (small pancakes that are filled with ikra or caviar) topped with Smetana (rich sour cream). A good dessert is syrniki (fried dough).

The reader learns foreign words such as rubles for money, kuklas for a doll, and shkola 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 complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.


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