Carole P. Roman has a wonderful collection of books. Our family has reviewed them in the past and we have usually only reviewed the ones about countries or historical times.
This time, we are reviewing a couple of different types of books from the Carole P. Roman books and collections.
As usual, the books did not disappoint!
Carole P. Roman
Carole P. Roman has written many, many books. For children with a wild imagination, I highly recommend her “Oh Susannah” and “Captain No Beard” series of books. They have won numerous awards and are sure to please.
If non-fiction is what you are looking for, her “If You Were Me and Lived In…” series of books are a wonderful addition to any history and/or geography study. They bring the studies to life because they are written from a child’s perspective. I think this makes a little easier to digest for a child.
Honestly, I don’t even know where to tell you to begin when choosing one of her books. I have loved them all. If I had to give you a suggestion, I would just tell you to get whichever “If You Were Me” books went along with the history or geography you are studying at home. Or if you child has a special interest in a certain area of the world, that would be a good place to start.
Or you can just go the “fun” route and start with the “Oh Susannah” or “Captain No Beard” books. Seriously, you can’t go wrong… unless you are choosing not to get one of her books at all… that would be a mistake. ;)
This is the second book in the “Oh Susannah” series. Last year, we read the first book, “Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag”. My daughter and I both enjoyed it, so we were happy to be able to read about what Susannah is up to this time.
The title of the book can give the impression that it’s a scary book. Let me ease her fears (pun intended)… it is not a scary book.
The story is about Susannah being invited to her best friend’s house for a sleepover. She doesn’t really want to go because her friend’s house makes strange noises. She also doesn’t want to tell her friend she doesn’t want to go, because she doesn’t want to offend her.
So, Susannah has to decide to face her fears and go to her friend’s house anyway. Of course, she does face her fears and there are some pretty fun surprises along the way.
This is a sweet coloring book that goes along with the “Oh Susannah” book series. My daughter was super excited about it. She started coloring in it as soon as it came in the mail.
It has pictures from both stories in it. The first half of the book has pictures from the first story and then a set of 5 questions about the book and then the second half of the book is from the second book with another 5 questions for that book. So, if you wanted to check your child’s reading comprehension skills, you could use those questions to do so.
This is one of Carole P. Roman’s many “If You Were Me and Lived in” books.
It will accompany any American history lesson quite nicely.
It is written from a child’s perspective, as are all of the books in this series. Half are written from a boy’s perspective and half are written from a girl’s perspective. This one happens to be from a 12-year-old boy’s perspective. My daughter didn’t love that, but she still enjoyed the book. Plus, since we have read other books from this series, she knows some of them are written from the girl’s perspective too. If you think this might bother your boy or girl, I would suggest getting one book from each gender’s perspective so your child gets to see both “sides” of things.
Speaking of different genders… My daughter was not happy that it was the girl’s job to pick up the buffalo chips (poop) to help make a fire before a meal. She thought the gross jobs should be for the boy. Haha!
The book helps you understand what it was like in 1843 to be on the trail headed for the west. It was a great read as usual!
As I said before, I highly recommend ANY of Carole P. Roman’s books. She has a wonderful way of writing that makes you not want to put the book down until it’s finished!