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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
Australia is awesome! I enjoyed learning about Australia in the book If You Were Me and Lived in... Australia: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World. Author Carole P. Roman has researched the country, organized the information into topics, written and illustrated this children’s picture book. But it’s more than a picture book—it’s educational and makes me want to visit the country. I like how she includes the pronunciation in parentheses following an unusual word, so that we know how to pronounce these new and unusual words. I used to pronounce the capital city Canberra as Can-bear-a, but now I know it’s Can-bruh. She also includes a Pronunciation Guide at the back of the book with all the unique words found in the text. Australia is an interesting and very different country and the author has captured the essence of it.
I enjoyed looking at the illustrations in this children’s picture book to determine which part is a real photograph and which part is a drawing. It’s an interesting technique found throughout If You Were Me and Lived in... Australia: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World. The book is well organized by topics of interest to children. Schools, libraries, and homes will want to stock this book, as well as the other books in the series. I like how the author compares words in America with the word in Australia. This book also includes special holidays or traditions experienced in Australia. Children and teachers will enjoy these comparisons and will find the new words interesting.