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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
I enjoyed learning more about Greece in the book If You Were Me and Lived in...Greece: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World (Volume 11). 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. She also includes a Pronunciation Guide at the back of the book with all the unusual words found in the book. Greece is such an old, historically significant country and the author has captured that.
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 the narrative. 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 the word 'doll' in English with the word in Greek. She also informs students what the English word 'school' is in Greek. This book also includes details on special holidays or traditions celebrated in Greece. Children and teachers will like these comparisons and will find the new words interesting.