If You Were Me and Lived in Kenya: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World

Carole P. Roman
Red Feather Publishing (2012)
ISBN: 9781481979914
Reviewed by Zoey Crane (age 9) for Reader Views (12/13)


This is another series in Ms. Roman’s cultural knowledge from around the world. “If You Were Me and Lived in Kenya” is very interesting, easy to read, great graphics and covers many of the topics children are interested in.

Zoey: I loved loved this book. The pictures were great, but the information about what kids call their parents, the food and culture was amazing. I never knew about so many things, but I do know we have studied this in school, but not like this. Cooking goat on a spit, or playing the game called Cricket was very new to me. My great-grandmother used to play Cricket in England where she was born. I was amazed that kids made up their own toys from sticks or cloth and had a great time. It’s just like when I like to paint a box into a car or bed for my dolls. I read this two times and then took it to my teacher, I am in 4th grade and she read it to the class. Now we all want to get more books from this author! We decided that from what we learned from this book we would have a Kenya day where we all dressed up and pretended we were living in Kenya. Each of us had to do our own research on Kenya and then talk about it in class.

Nana: Zoey loved this book, she has read it so many times and then we talk about it. She looked up information on the computer about Kenya and showed it to us. This book was so easy to read, very educational and now when we go to the library we look and get more books on this.

“If You Were Me and Lived in Kenya” by Carole P. Roman was such an exciting adventure, and I can’t wait to read other books in her series.

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