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"If You Were Me and Lived in...France-A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World" is the second book in Carole P. Roman's remarkable series about countries all over the globe. With each book covering a different nation, Roman opens up a world of wonder while highlighting the fact that underneath it all we are far more alike than we might have imagined. Focusing on what life would be like from a child's viewpoint, she examines the diversity of the people who make up our planet.
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If You Were Me and Lived in . . . France (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013) is the third or fourth book that I've read in Carole P. Roman's If You Were Me series, and, like the others, it provides younger kids with an excellent introduction to another country. Like the other books, it focuses on everyday activities (play, foods, school) that children can easily relate to, and the similarities between cultures (we all play, eat, go to school) are subtly emphasized. As usual, I particularly enjoy the smattering of foreign language (in this case, French) that these books provide. If You Were Me and Lived in . . . France is clever and well-done, and I definitely recommend it for kids in early elementary.
I received a complimentary copy of If You Were Me and Lived in . . . France to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. For full disclosure, see the sidebar.