Carole P. Roman
Reviewed by Paola Belloso (age 9) for Reader Views (01/17)
“If You Were Me and Lived in… Renaissance Italy” by Carole P. Roman will take you back five hundred years ago, to Tuscany (Tus-ca-nee) outside of Florence, governed by the Medicis (me-di-cheez), a rich and very powerful family. People would work on the lands that belonged to the local ruler.
It was a dangerous time, and only some children went to school. A change was happening and it was hard to go from the Middle Age to what they called Renaissance that in French means rebirth.
Everything changed, a new class of people came, making a lot of money and they started to build beautiful houses. Artiest were hired to paint in a new way. The Medici’s used their money for paintings, sculptures, and buildings, changing the architecture.
Imagine living in the city that was called “The Athens of the Middle Age” and have in your home a fresco (fres-ko) painting on the wall. Your brother having a tutor and then going to private school, also a tutor for girls to teach all about house, art, dancing, and needlepoint.
“If You Were Me and Lived in … Renaissance Italy” by Carole P. Roman will teach you so many details that you will want to visit this beautiful place. I love the illustrations and the list of all the famous people that were part of this change called Renaissance.