Children’s Book

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

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

Review by Shwetha H S

If You Were Me and Lived In is a series of children’s books that takes you to different countries in the world and explains about life and culture there. The reviewed book is about Italy and it doesn’t disappoint the reader, whether it is child or a parent. Author Carole P Roman and the illustrator Kelsea Wierenga have done a fantastic job in the genre of children’s book by combining information with entertainment i.e. the illustrations. This book also comes with a pretty postcard that has flags of different nations and depicting children of different races standing together holding each other’s hands.

Starting from why is Italy named so to its history, from popular Italian names to popular Italian food, from important historical monuments to recent structures and the story behind a popular day celebrated worldwide, all the basics about Italy have been covered in this lovely book for children. Since language is also a major part of the culture, the author has made efforts to teach children the basic words in Italian through this book. In fact, you get a glossary at the end of the book. I would recommend every parent to get a copy of this and any other book from the series for their children to get them started with reading as a hobby.