Award-winning author Carole Roman has written a series of picture books to introduce young children to different countries and cultures. She has just added If You Were me and Lived in Peru: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World. This book is an excellent introduction to the beautiful country of Peru for kids.
Like the other books in the If You Were Me and Lived in… series, this book about Peru for kids:
- is intended for ages pre-K through eight.
- combines carefully selected information with illustrations that reflect daily life.
- avoids stereotypes.
- focuses on a few facts that children identify with. For example, the information about Peru for kids includes what they might call their parents and what their favorite food might be.
- is effective because it limits the amount of information.
- includes facts that appeal to children. For example, in this book about Peru for kids, children learn about how people throw water on each other to celebrate Carnaval.
- uses illustrations to present scenes that are meaningful to young readers, such as children talking to their parents, going to school and playing at home.
- includes significant places, typical scenes and other important cultural elements in the illustrations. For example, in If You Were Me and Lived in Peru the illustrations show the malecón in Lima (I love this illustration! My daughter lives near this park and we walk there all the time.) as well as Machu Picchu. Other illustrations in this book about Peru for kids incorporate typical fabrics, clothing and the tiled wall with quotes from the Parque del Amor.
I appreciate this series of books because the author carefully selects just a handful of facts and images to introduce children to a country. That is no easy task, yet she manages to create a glimpse of each place that is both accurate and intriguing. The other books in the series introduce children to Mexico, France, South Korea, Norway, Turkey, Kenya, Portugal, Australia, Russia, Greece, Hungary and Scotland.