Oodles and oodles of books! If you know me AT ALL you know that books are one of my absolute favorite things! So you can imagine my excitement when Carole P. Roman offered up If You Were Me and Lived In . . . Australia AND If You Were Me and Lived In . . . Colonial America AND Oh Susannah, It’s in the Bag AND Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles I was ecstatic! Fun, yet educational books for us to review? YES PLEASE!
Books We Received
If You Were Me and Lived in . . . Colonial America
This is a wonderful book that Jospeh and I got a big kick out of. The story places the reader into the story and shares about all of the nuances between then and now. It starts off with the history of the Pilgrims and how they decided to make their way to the United States on the Mayflower and the Speedwell. It also talks about the reasons for leaving England. (This makes a great book to read for a brief history lesson for younger children.) Jospeh thought it was amazing how much work the Pilgrims had to do to make their homes and ultimately to survive that first brutal winter. We especially enjoyed being able to discuss the clothing differences between boys of then and boys of today. This was a great book that encourages lots more discussion about the Pilgrims and their way of life. I enjoyed how detailed and in depth this book was and I look forward to reading more of this type of book. The text was large enough of early readers but there are some large words that may require assistance.
If You Were Me and Lived in . . . Australia
As Jospeh and I began this book we were delighted to see that is similar to the If You Were Me and Lived in . . . Colonial America book that we also reviewed. This one though is a little shorter to read. The text is much larger and easier to read for young readers. This book shares about het main differences that a child would do/say/learn if they lived in Australia. Such as calling your mommy “mummy” but your daddy would still be daddy, like here in America. Jospeh thought that the Austrian dollar would go by a different name so he was surprised to learn that they use a “dollar” just like we do here. He also enjoyed the information about the Great Barrier Reef (he really loves animals), and that the dead of winter here in America is the height of summer in Australia. This was a fun book that allowed us to take a peek into the life of an Australian child and I look forward to reading more of these books.
Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles
This is a story about Fribbet the Frog that feels displaced due to the baby tadpoles that are at his house. In reality this is a story of Hallie. She is concerned that a baby will be a big change at her house. With the help of her friend Alexander (Captain No Beard) Hallie learns that little bothers (and little sisters) are lots of fun and make adventures more, well, adventurous. No one likes big changes, so I liked how well this book made such a big change, a good change instead of a rotten change.
Oh Susannah, It’s in the Bag
Life gets crazy, especially when you don’t want to deal with certain “stuff”. This story is a great representation of how it is easy to overload our bags (or plates) with things we would rather not deal with. As we watch Susannah load more and more stuff into her bag, we realize that even as adults we tend to do the same type of thing. I loved how the story leads to learning to ask for help when the bag gets to heavy. A life lesson for everyone that reads this story.
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