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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BLOG TOUR: If You Were Me and Lived in...Italy by Carole P. Roman

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers, the place to be for all your reading needs from fun to frivolous and even educational with an engaging twist!

Today, we're playing host to a BLOG TOUR via The Children's Book Review starring a title perfect for the EDUtainment category.  It's geared towards the little ones just beginning to explore this big old world and aims to draw them into an Italian holiday with every turn of the page.  So pack your bags and get ready for a transatlantic adventure as we give a big SALUTO for today's guest and book of choice...

If You Were Me and Lived in...Italy:
A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World
Carole P. Roman
Illustrated by
Kelsea Wierenga

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. 

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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?


About the author....

Carole P. Roman’s is the award winning author of the nonfiction If You Were Me and Lived in… series of children’s books. The first title in the collection, If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico, won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Nonfiction in 2012. If You Were Me and Lived in…Russia and If You Were Me and Lived in...France were finalists in the Indie Fab Foreword Review Book of the Year. Norway and South Korea have also been named as Book of the Year with Rebecca's Reads and Children's Reader's View Book of the Year. Roman has also found success with her Captain No Beard children’s books. Her debut, Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life, was named a Kirkus Best of 2012, received a Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award in 2012. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and very near her children.


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Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the paperback for review!  (THANKS!)  For more information regarding THIS TOUR, this title, the author, or those promotions on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This book is available now as well as several other engaging reads in the series, so be on the lookout for them on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time...happy reading!

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