We have been using titles from the Carole P. Roman books and collections by Carole P. Roman to add history and coloring fun to our days as part of the Homeschool Review Crew. As always, opinions are own. Amazon affiliate links are present in this post which may result in a commission for the site from your purchase.
Titles for History and Coloring with Carole P. Roman
There are many titles available from Ms. Roman. For this review, we received the three titles pictured below (2 from the history series and one from Oh Susannah.)
The initial books published by Ms. Roman were a fictional series, A Captain No Beard Story – The Series where kids join a young boy and his friends as they embrace imagination.
Her next series to be written is the If You Were Me and Lived in… Cultural series. These titles provide a glimpse of life in different countries from a child’s point of view. Bedtime Stories are cute children’s books that are meant to delight and be perfect for the transition from a busy day to sleep.
The If You Were Me and Lived in… Historical series is similar in nature to the cultural one. Only this series takes kids to different time periods and the books tend to be lengthier with more details. This series is geared for students ages 8 to 15 with a LOT of information packed into each book. Ms. Roman writes them more like a story than a textbook.
Finally, she has launched new Early Chapter Reader Books – Oh Susannah series. While these can be read to your child, they are intended for early readers to read on their own.
About Carole P. Roman
The “If You Were Me and Lived in…” series combines a teaching past with love of exploration and interest in the world around us.
Each of her series has been received well by educators, parents, and children. Many of them have won awards as well.
She resides on Long Island with her children and grandchildren nearby as well.
History Series: If You Were Me and Lived in… The Mayan Empire
This title takes you to the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. Even though much of world history seems focused on western civilization, those of us who study American history usually get a glimpse into the Mayan Empire.
In this title, the person referenced in the story is a young man, although it is not super obvious on many of the pages.
The back section of the book contains a glossary of terms that might be unfamiliar as well as Famous Names in Mayan Culture including the symbols used for each.
History Series: If You Were Me and Lived in…The Ancient Mail Empire
This is one that I was excited to receive as I have little foundation in this area of history. While I took world history in high school, very little of it stuck. And much of the studies were extremely focused upon European history..
This journey through the Ancient Mali Empire features a young girl as your ‘guide’ or example. The Kingdom of Mali was in the western part Africa in the area known as Sudan.
Many aspects of life are quite different from western culture, all of which are highlighted throughout the pages.
Illustrations are done with pastel colors. Many have large swaths of tan colors which is fitting given how parts of this empire sat along the Saraha desert.
Like other titles, there is a glossary along with a list of famous people from the time period in the back of the book.
Oh Susannah: Color With Me
Unlike other titles in her collection, this book is a coloring book! As much as my guys love to read, when they are younger a more interactive title like this one engages them more.
This title is like a picture book without words. On the last few pages are some questions to see if your child is picking up details from the ‘story’ as it ties with the Oh Susannah chapter books. There’s even a page for them to draw what scares them.
Our Thoughts on History and Coloring with Carole P. Roman
As always, these titles have been a delight to add to our days.
The history books are a fun way to introduce my 8-year-old to different time periods. Rather than my reading aloud the entire book to him, we took turns reading the pages. This helped both with building his reading skills and meant he was focused on the pages.
My younger son was surprised to hear that Mayan boys would be considered an adult at the age of 15. At that point, they are married off with a feast to mark their entry to adulthood. If we had that rite of passage to adulthood, two of his brothers would already be married!
Coloring is always a fun activity, even for me! We have the Oh Susannah chapter books in the house from a past review. This book allows your child to be more interactive with the story. I’ve been keeping him to a page spread a few time per week as a way to break up the other ‘work’ of homeschooling.
History and Coloring with Carole P. Roman: Past Reviews
Check out our past reviews of Carole P. Roman titles here:
Learning About Other Countries with the If You Were Me and Lived Series Includes France, Mexico, Norway and South Korea
Captain No Beard: Stories for Youngsters Who Love Pirates
Learn About the Past with New History Books for Children includes Colonial America, The Middle Ages, Renaissance Italy and Viking Europe
Children’s History and More includes Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag,
Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump, Captain No Beard The Crew Goes Coconuts!, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis and If You Were Me and Lived in…the American West
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