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If You Were Me and Lived in...Portugal: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World by Carole P. Roman takes children to Portugal, which is on the Iberian Peninsula in the most western part of the mainland of Europe. Portugal is named after the second largest city, Porto. The Portuguese have sailed out and colonized many countries and because of that millions of people speak the Portuguese language. The book captures the essence, culture, religion, people, language, food, sights, and sounds of Portugal in an engaging way that will teach young readers a lot about the place and make them want to travel to Portugal.
I like all the books in this series which encourages and develops a liking in children for travel and makes them curious to learn more about the cultures of other countries. The illustrations are vibrant and lively and they make the concept come alive beautifully. The writing style is neat and simple, enabling children to understand easily. It is a good book to have in one’s personal collection and is also good for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The book can be used for reference too when it comes to learning about Portugal and its culture. I love these types of books as they help to broaden one's knowledge, make learning fun, and capture the attention of children in a good way. The pronunciation guide at the end of the book is helpful in pronouncing some of the strange words in the book.