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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Homeschool Crew Review: Carole P. Roman Books and Collections

We love books in our house and were excited to have another opportunity to review books from a familiar author, Carole P. Roman.  Carole P. Roman is the author of more then 50 books for children.  She writes books that appeal to both boys and girls in a variety of ages. For this review we were able to choose 3 books from Carole P. Roman books and collections.  We chose:

Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag
Oh Susannah Color With Me
If You Were Me and Lived in ...Elizabethan England

Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag is a 35 page paperback book.  It is the first book in the Oh Susannah series written for readers that are able to read short chapter books, approximate age range around 3rd grade.  In the book, Susannah May Logan is in the third grade.  Her day starts out with some unfinished  homework that she stuffs in her backpack.  Pretty soon a banana she doesn't want to eat is added, along with an invitation to a sleepover she doesn't want to go to.  As the day goes on Susannah keeps stuffing all of her problems into her little backpack.  How will she ever be able to tackle all of these worries?

I chose this book for my daughter Lily, who is in third grade.  Last year we had an opportunity to review Oh Susannah: Things that Go Bump, the second book in this series, and she really enjoyed it.  I knew she would love a chance to read the first book as well.  It is a very sweet book and easy for young readers to complete with only nine chapters.  Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag has a very good message for children, and adults as well.

Oh Susannah Color With Me is a 48 page paperback book.  The first half of the book has illustrations to be colored from Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag, and the second half of the book has illustrations to be colored from Oh Susannah: Things that Go Bump.  After each section there are 5 questions about the story and a space for children to do their own drawing.

Since we now had read both books, I knew that Lily and  Emmie who is 6 and heard me read the books aloud, would enjoy having a coloring book to go along with the stories.  The book is full of adorable illustrations that your child will love to color.  I love that it includes both books.  It is like retelling the books over again with pictures.  The pages are on thin paper, so make sure you use colored pencils or crayons to color since marker will bleed through the pages.

I chose If You Were Me and Lived in ...Elizabethan England because we have several of the other titles in the historical series and have loved each one of them.  It is a 52 page paperback book that will take young readers back through time to visit Elizabethan England.  Your children will learn why the time period was called the Elizabethan Age, what their names might have been, what London was like, what kind of homes you might have lived in, what type of foods you ate, what kind of clothing was worn, and what kinds of toys you would've played with.  You will learn where the expression "it's raining cats and dogs" might have originated. You also learn about the type of money was used and what you could buy with it(a good shirt for a pound, a chicken for a penny,the queen earned 60,000 pounds a year) education, entertainment, and religion.  In the back of the book there is a section that lists a brief biography of some of the most important people of the time such as Sir Francis Drake and William Shakespeare, and a glossary.

I love the If You Were Me and Lived in... books.  These books are a great addition to any history curriculum.  They are full of information that is interesting to children because it makes them feel as though they are part of the story.  They are also beautifully illustrated.

 Another one of my favorite series by Carole P. Roman is the cultural series that teaches children what different cultures are like around the world.  You can read books such as If You Were Me and Lived in ...South Korea.     If You Were Me and Lived in ...Peru or many other similar titles.

Members of the Crew reviewed a variety of books by Carole P. Roman.  Stop by the Crew Blog and read the reviews!

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