If You Were Me And Lived In… Russia

Carole P. Roman
CreateSpace (2014)
ISBN 9781493781980
Reviewed by Paola Belloso (age 7) for Reader Views (10/14)

“If You Were Me and Lived in…Russia” by Carole P. Roman, is a book that tells you a lot about this country that is in the Northern Eurasia. The capital is Moscow and it is one of the biggest cities in the world. If you were a girl your name would be Natalya or Maxim if you were a boy.

You would call your mom Mamochka or your dad Papochka.  Russia is very cold and you would buy a shapka ushanka, that is a fur hat with ear flaps and you would use rubles to buy one. You would love to visit the Red Square market, The Kremlin and old fort that are now the house of the President and the colorful Pokrovsky Cathedral. For a meal you will probably have borscht, that is a beet soup with little bits of meat or loved the piroshky that are little pastries filled with potatoes, meat, cabbage or cheese. Or caviar the tiny fish eggs that pop in your mouth and the yummy Syrniki, a dough filled with cheese, it is fried and you dip it in jelly. You would play hockey when it is cold.  Chess is very popular and they play fipe that is like hide and go seek. Also you would play with the beautiful wooden dolls painted by hand that have little dolls nesting, called matryoshka. To celebrate the New Year you would decorate the tree with treats.  It is very nice, you dance and sing while you wait for Ded Moroz or Grandfather Frost to bring you the presents.

 I loved “If You Were Me and Lived in…Russia” by Carole P. Roman. You learn so many different things from this large country.