Sunday, October 22, 2017

If You Were Me & Lived in... The Mayan Empire: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time (Volume 4) by Carole P.Roman [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN: 9781535046213
My thoughts: This new series of children's books, An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time, is very special. They are geared toward elementary students and perhaps on into the early middle school grades. The Mayan Empire incorporates factual information throughout the story while immersing the reader as the "You" in the story. I found it intriguing to peek into this ancient people's civilization that so little is taught about in schools.

The Mayans were quite advanced mathematically. Their worship was of many gods with one being more important. The Mayan civilization dates back to 1800 BC. That is truly ancient. They left a written record of their civilization.

The reader can place himself right at the center going through what a day in the life of a child during this period was like. I found the daily life and facts surrounding life as a Mayan to be very interesting and well-written by Ms. Roman in a manner easy to understand yet not too simplistic.

The illustrations are very well done and indicative of peoples currently living in the area of the ancient Mayans. The geographic location of the Mayan Empire was that of the Yucatan Peninsular and included today's Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Belize.

I especially like the sections in the back of the book. There is a section with pictures (stylized drawings that look like carvings from archaeological discoveries) and short biographies of important people during the period, Mayan Contributions to the World, and a 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: Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Viking Europe, and what children who lived during the Han Dynasty did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in...does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.
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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. (1) What do you know about our Southern neighbor, the ancient Mayans? I learned about them in grade school but have forgotten it.
    2) What other ancient or very old civilization or peoples would you like for Carole P.Roman to write about? Aztecs

  2. Mayans were known for their writing and calendar systems. I'd like to learn about the Norte Chico Civilization more.

  3. Thanks for linking up at Booknificent Thursday on this week! We just finished studying the Maya - this book would have been perfect!

  4. I don't really know much about the Mayan's, I just know they had their own calendar.

    I'd like to learn about the Vikings.

  5. Pretty much anything I knew about the Mayans I've forgotten. I would like Ms Roman to write about Ancient Egypt.

  6. Ill be very honest I dont know very much. My niece and son will be readin this with me if I am lucky :)

  7. I am fascinated by ancient history


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