About the book....
Join Carole P. Roman as she visits the Republic of Italy. Learn what it is like to live in Rome, see the famous architecture, celebrate a favorite holiday and discover popular names for both boys and girls. Be fascinated with it's diverse and rich history and colorful traditions. On the way, you might learn a word or two in Italian!
What an interesting way to bring the cultures of the world ALIVE for children of all ages! Through pictures and word, the reader is brought right into the heart of Italy with all its vibrant culture, tastes, and flare.
First, we have the bountiful information within. Did you know that the Roman empire spanned nearly 48 countries as we know them today? Maybe you didn't realize that your ham and cheese sandwich was also a popular treat overseas just with a BIGGER name? Or how about that the most popular name for boys was Leonardo and for girls it was Concetta? You get to read all about life in ancient times as well as how those traditions are kept alive today. You catch a glimpse of some of the famous architecture, landscapes, tasty delicacies, even the fashion of the time and all from a first person point of view placing you RIGHT THERE amongst it all.
My favorite part was actually the illustrations. Don't get me wrong, the edutainment was fascinating, but the way the drawings of the children guiding us through the cultural immersion were superimposed over the historical pictures and such was truly fascinating! It made it that much more real, that much more something little ones can relate to when they see it in their own day to day happenings, while providing something eye catching as you tumble through the pages.
Overall, I do believe it to be a wonderful addition to what appears to be an ever growing series. It would make a wonderful reading experience for little ones just starting to explore the big wide world as well as a great starting point for discussing the country and culture in all its colors within a classroom setting. Whatever your interest or reading level, it's a journey that can be experienced by one and all without ever leaving your favorite reading nook to a land of color, taste, and history. Who could ask for more?
Until next time...happy reading!