Saturday, August 6, 2016

If You Were Me and Lived in ... Colonial America (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 3) by Carole P.Roman & illustrated by Sarah Wright [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN13: 9781523234073
My thoughts: This new series of children's books, An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time, is very special. They are geared elementary students and perhaps on into the early middle school grades. Colonial America incorporates factual information throughout the story while immersing the reader as the "You" in the story.

Life in England prior to the setting of America was rife with religious persecution. While the country was protestant at that time, the accepted faith of the country was Church of England and persecution of other protestants was a fact of life. The period of English exploration and discovery had led to the desire to colonize the New World. This gave opportunity to the protestants not of the Church of England to resettle in another country with opportunities to worship as they chose. Some had already relocated to Holland and set sail from there.

As Ms. Roman tells the story of these developments, the reader can place himself right at the center. The reader will go through what a day in the life of a child during this period was like - primarily the activities of simple survival.

The illustrations have a cartoonish style and yet show a darkness that is somewhat representative of the times. Crossing the ocean on those tiny ships would have been a dark experience as would trying to survive that first year in the New World after arriving in the dead of a harsh winter. Focusing primarily on the initial settlement in New England at Plymouth, the book recounts this period giving more detail than most "first Thanksgiving" stories provide.

The living conditions and life they encountered in this raw land is shown in contrast to what they left behind in the Old World. They searched the area after landing and found an abandoned Indian village and settled there. The cold that winter and harshness of the land left their numbers decimated.

It was good to also focus on the available food upon the initial year in the New World and the building of primitive shelter.  As in Roman's previous books, the "you" in the book talks about boys' and girls' clothing. The story included information about contact with the Indians and the valuable survival techniques they provided the colonists.

I especially like the sections in the back of the book. There is a section with pictures and short biographies of famous and important people during the period. And lastly, the wonderful glossary.

This is an excellent resource for the home or classroom library. More sturdily bound editions would be wonderful in children's school libraries and the children's section of public libraries.

About the book: Experience  Colonial America through the eyes of a student like yourself. Similar to her award-winning non-fiction cultural series that introduces customs and cultures to elementary students, this ground-breaking series takes the theme to another level describing life in different civilizations throughout world history for older students. Occupations, food, clothing, and recreation as well as important people pepper the book, opening a gateway for discussions and lessons. Study Sheets for American Colonies
1 grand winner = both books
5 win Elizabethan England
5 win Colonial America
Begins August 5
Ends August 30 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA addresses only.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the author to facilitate this review of my own opinions. I was not compensated nor obligated to give a positive review.


  1. I would prefer Colonial America. By the way the link from the email to your blog didn't work. I had to then click on "giveaways". Have a wonderful day Vera!

    1. Sonja, I'm confused. What email are you referring to?

  2. I would say Colonial America, because it is a fun historical time period to study and we will be covering it this year.

  3. I would want to travel to Elizabethan England. I've always been very fascinated by that time period. Their culture back then was so interesting.

  4. I would want to live in Elizabethan England, I think. Cause shakespeare and the globe Theater! :-)

  5. I love this series as well! She is such a gifted author. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on!


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