Saturday, July 9, 2016

If You Were Me and Lived in Elizabethan England, Renaissance Italy, Colonial America, Ancient Greece

If You Were Me and Lived in Elizabethan England
Illustrator: Paula Tabor
ISBN: 978-1523229369
If You Were Me and Lived in Renaissance Italy
Illustrator: Silvia Brunetti
ISBN: 978-1523234271
If You Were Me and Lived in Colonial America
Illustrator: Sarah Wright
ISBN: 978-1523234073
If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient Greece
Illustrator: Mateya Arkova
ISBN: 978-1523234295
Carole P. Roman
Create Space Independent Publishing Platform
North Charleston, South Carolina

Imagine residing in England around the year 1578.  Queen Elizabeth is the ruler.  You would be in one of the richest times in history. The Renaissance period when art and literature excelled with writers like William Shakespeare. 
Much has been written about Elizabeth.  What about the ordinary people?   What was life like for them?
Imagine the regular life for most London residents.   With dark and filthy streets covered in waste and overcrowded conditions, life was simple but hard working.   Even with this being a time of wealth, life was difficult for the everyday people. 
Roman masterfully compares life as the wealthy, but also showing how the commoners enjoyed their homes.
It is hard to imagine life inside their house.  Carole Roman excels in explaining life indoors.   From sharing beds to straw rushes covering the floors to herbal scents, to their clothing, to toys, and community fairs.   There is also a light discussion about money and the prices of standard items as well as the school system.  There are even pages about the theaters and religion customs.
Carole Roman's book If You Were Me and Lived in Elizabethan England illustrates and tells the tale of this time and place.
If You Were Me and Lived in Renaissance Italy focuses on living in Florence, Italy while the Medicis were ruling.  Roman takes the perspective as being a youngster in a well-to-do house working for the Medicis.  The status of wealth is directly discussed and illustrated with simple and clear explanations.  Explaining the Renaissance and the changes into the culture is shown throughout this book.
If You Were Me and Lived in Colonial America begins with your birth in London.  You are born into a Puritan family and traveled to the Dutch Netherlands where you lived for a short while.  Then you begin your adventure in establishing a new nation.
In If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient the year is around 350 B.C.  You would probably worship the Greek gods like Zeus and worship in the various temples.  
All of these short books, around 32 pages are avenues to time travel to both another place and time.   Whereas Roman's books are visiting countries are wonderful introductions before visiting, this new series of different times and places accomplishes more with the information and illustrations intended for children but educational for all ages.
Carole P. Roman is a retired social studies teacher who has written numerous award-winning books in multiple series.  She continues to educate everyone with her delightful series.
Have you ever considered a time machine?  The safer journey would be transported with one of these excellent Carole P. Roman books.

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