If You Were Me and Lived in... Viking Europe

An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time (Volume 3)

Non-Fiction - Historical
76 Pages
Reviewed on 06/05/2017
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Author Biography

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children's books. Whether it's pirates, princesses, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children. She hosts two blog radio programs and is one of the founders of a new magazine, Indie Author's Monthly. She's been interviewed twice by Forbes Magazine. Carole has co-authored a self-help book, Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. Oh Susannah is her first Early Reader Chapter book series. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.

Her series includes:
Captain No Beard
If You Were Me and Lived in- Cultural
If You Were Me and Lived in- Historical
Nursery series
Oh Susannah- Early Reader
Navigating Indieworld- with co-author Julie A. Gerber
Indieworld Marketing- with co-authors Angela Hausman and Julie A. Gerber

    Book Review

Reviewed by JB McPherson for Readers' Favorite

Carole P. Roman and Mateya Markova have created a delightful children’s book in If You Were Me and Lived in… Viking Europe. I have two grandsons who love Vikings, and this book brings many elements of history and culture together in a way that makes children feel that they have experienced Viking times. The colorful illustrations add to the impact of details such as the style of homes and how food was prepared. The author explains Viking words (like Moder for mother) in such an interesting way that even younger children can understand. This book seems to be targeted for elementary age children, but middle school children may enjoy it as well, especially those with an interest in Norse culture or history. At the end, there’s a simple explanation of Norse gods and famous kings and queens.

My favorite aspect of the book is the imaginative way in which the author draws her readers into the narration by using “If you…” This formula is repeated throughout the book and keeps the child reader listening for more details. I also appreciated how the author provides the pronunciation for unusual words or spellings. Here’s an example: “Your name might have been Knut (Kahnoot) or Ulf (Ul-uff) if you were a boy and Sigrid (Seeg-freed) or Hilde (Hill-da) if you were a girl.” I could imagine children using the details from this book to create their own Viking stories or games. Carole P. Roman and Mateya Markova have brought to life a long ago time and a faraway place that will inspire children to learn more. Highly recommended for young readers who love history!