Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - If You Were Me and Lived in...the American West

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Book Review - If You Were Me and Lived in...the American West

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About the Book
Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in her exciting new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat on the Oregon Trail, the clothes you wore in in the American West, what your name could be in the 19th century, and what children did for fun once their many chores were done. If You Were Me and Lived in...does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

My Take on the Book
Carole P. Roman has written an excellent nonfiction book for children about family life if you lived when many were traveling by covered wagon from the eastern part of the U.S. to the western part of the U.S. Carole researches her topic extensively and writes books in such a way that they are interesting for adults and children. She uses details and makes sure terms are defined. She always includes a glossary and other interesting facts at the end of many of her books.

In this book your child will learn first hand what it would have been like to live in the days of the migration from east to west. There are details about the food eaten, where they slept on the trail, the people they met, the chores the children had to do each day, and the emotions and difficulties of trail life.

Paula Tabor's illustrations complement the text beautifully.

I recommend this book as an avenue for parents to educate their children on this important time in the history of our country. It is a way to illustrate how brave these travelers were and the challenges they met for a better life.

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