Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
If You Were Me and Lived in... Elizabethan England: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time (Volume 8) by Carole P. Roman takes readers to two depictions of life in London, one in the 1600s and the other one representing today. Readers get to know the differences between living in both times through this book. The author makes history easy, simple, and interesting to young readers and takes them through all aspects of life back then. The book speaks about the life style, sights, sounds, essence, culture, food, people, currency, and religion, giving everyone detailed information about Elizabethan England. It is indeed informative to learn where the phrase ‘raining cats and dogs’ came from. This book is a good read to find out more about the Elizabethan age.
I found the book informative, educational, and helpful to young readers as it takes them back to the past in an entertaining way. The illustrations are vivid and colorful and they make the concepts and the author’s words clear and easy to understand. The glossary at the end of the book is useful in understanding the meaning of words and their pronunciation. Children are also introduced to important people who lived during that era. I like the manner in which the author has put facts into the book without making it boring for children. The book is good for read aloud sessions in classrooms and can be used for reference in school libraries. Parents and grandparents can read it out to children as it makes history interesting, and at the same time teaches children about life during Elizabethan England.