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If You Were Me and Lived in ...Norway: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World

If You Were Me and Lived in ...Norway: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World [Kindle Edition]

Carole P. Roman
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Join Carole P. Roman on a trip to the Northern Hemisphere and learn about Norway- The Land Of the Midnight Sun. In this exciting series, children are able to read about the many things we share in this great, big world of ours. If You Were Me and Lived in...Norway describes many things that make that country unique and fun. Readers will be able to learn about the capital, common names, a beloved holiday, as well as favorite food and other fun facts. This book is an excellent introduction for those beginners who want to learn about the many thrilling places and great people who share our planet.

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Carole P. Roman is delighted to add Norway to her global series-"If You Were Me and Lived in...- A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World". Parents, teachers, and children have embraced the series which has covered, Mexico, France, South Korea, as well as Turkey. She has several more in production. Roman is the author of the highly successful and award winning series "Captain No Beard". She lives on Long Island with her husband and very near her children and grandchildren.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Land Of The Midnight Sun 20 Feb 2014
Have you ever wished to live in or visit other parts of the world? I love to travel, and have often thought about living in another country. The United States is a melting pot of different peoples with different nationalities. It is a good thing, indeed, to learn about other cultures, other languages and other countries. In this way, we can become better neighbors and better friends.

The author, Carole Roman, brings us to Norway. Norway is often called 'The Land Of The Midnight Sun' because some times of the year, the sun shine most of the 24 hours. Oslo is the capital and has many attractions. One of the most interesting and fun activities is skiing. Do you know how to ski? Children call their parents momma and papa just as we do in the United States. See, we really are not that different wherever we go. It is important to learn about other countries and cultures, so that we know more about our neighbors and friends. Norway is a beautiful country with delicious foods, and fun things to do. At the end of every book that the author, Carole Roman writes, she includes a glossary of words, so that we know how to pronounce new words that are indigenous to that country. The illustrations are vibrant and colorful, depicting all the children of Norway, their clothes, how they live, what they eat, and the fun activities that take place.

I really enjoy Carole Roman's books. They care fun and informative, full of information about countries we might visit, or people we may get to know as neighbors or friends. Note: I was given this book to read and review.

Recommended. prisrob 02-20-14
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The land of the midnight sun. The Kirkenes Snow hotel. Syttend Mai Day. There is so much more included in this terrific book for young ones.

This is another beautiful book to use as a teaching tool. The pronunciation page is awesome! Helping young ones to learn more about their world and the people in it. Carole P. Roman is a master at producing fun and educational materials.

I found no issues.

I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because our young ones can't have enough good material in their library.
~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
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5.0 out of 5 stars Snow fun - yes it is! 20 Jun 2014
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How would you like your pocket money to have a hole through it?
Apart from making a snowman, what else could you make?
Norwegian kids have a LOT of interesting things to do and eat.
This is a great informative series for kids AND adults to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "So now you see, if you were me, how life in Norway could really be" -- a very special children's book by Carole P. Roman !!! 5 Mar 2014
By Matthew G. Sherwin - Published on
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Carole P. Roman just doesn’t stop writing and releasing five star quality books for toddlers and young children, and this time the book is about the wonderful country of Norway! Children will learn much about Norway and their vocabularies will be enhanced as they read this book. In addition, grownups will bond with young kids as they read this book together; and that’s grand. I think it’s really terrific just how nicely Carole puts these books together.

As I stated above, the book contains much information about Norway as well as its culture, customs and even everyday life. The book starts out by showing kids where Norway is located on the globe and how “Norway is known as ‘The Land of the Midnight Sun,’ because for parts of the year, the sun never sets and shines all day and all night.” From there the book goes on to discuss the capital city of Oslo and mentions a few typical names for both boys and girls as well as how those boys and girls refer to their mothers and fathers. Readers learn that Norwegians use the kroner as their unit of currency and why some of the coins have a small hole in the center! There is a good deal of discussion about the very popular Kirkenes Snowhotel which is completely made out of snow and ice and there is mention of that “beautiful show in the sky called aurora borealis, or northern lights.” We also learn that a typical Norwegian lunch might consist of “an open faced sandwich with either shrimp or chicken called a smørbrød” and how skiing is really popular in Norway. There is also mention of a major Norwegian holiday called Syttende Mai celebrated on the 17th of May—and more including a pronunciation key at the end of the book.

I highly recommend this excellent, informative and just plain fun book about Norway for toddlers and young children who want to learn about another fascinating country in this world of ours. Carole P. Roman has done it again—this is yet another fine book in her “If you were me and lived in...” series of children’s books; and that’s wonderful. Thank you for all the fine work that you do, Carole!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Children's Travelogue 20 Feb 2014
By ruthjoec - Published on
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My Comments: I've enjoyed flipping through this charming set of children's books. The storyline is pretty much the same in all of them. They begin with a boy and a girl pointing out the country on a map. The capital city is identified (India's is New Delhi) and there is a picture of a major feature in the capital (in South Korea it is the Han River). Next, some common boys' and girls' names are given (in Norway Gunnar, Magnus, Bjorn or Birgitte, Anne or Hellena), and the words for Mommy and Daddy are identified (Mzazi and Baba in Kenya).. The local currency is named (peso in Mexico) and a local tourist attraction is named and shown (Eiffel Tower in France). Popular foods are described (tamale in Mexico) as is the favorite local sport (almost always soccer). We are told about the children's toys as well (skies in Norway). Finally, we learn a little about a favorite holiday (Mombasa Carnival in Kenya)and then learn what school is called in that country (ecole in France). The pictures (drawings, not photographs) show the landscape, the insides of homes, the clothing the kids wear and more. Each book ends with a pronunciation guide to help with the country-specific words. In short, there is a lot of information in these short books.

The author states these books for for kids in pre-k through age 8 and I'd say that's about right. The limited text and large pictures make it seem too babyish for older kids, though the vocabulary could be a bit much for a younger independent reader. Honestly, I don't know how most kids would take the repetitive nature of the books--each is basically the same story, only the locations and details have changed. They aren't really stories, they are child-friendly descriptions of the countries.

I'd like to thank the author for providing complimentary review copies of these books as well as some goodies for my youngest (a blow-up globe and a pencil). Grade: B+.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Opportunity for children to gain an intro to world cultures 11 Dec 2013
By Vera - Published on
I previously reviewed the first three If You Were Me and Lived in ......." (A Child's Introduction to Cultures). The first three books were about France, Mexico, and South Korea. Today we're going to look at two more - "If You Were Me and Lived in Kenya...... and Norway."

In today's world where people are traveling with much more frequency than ever in the past and even in America where we are seeing much more interaction with the various cultures and peoples of other nations, it is of vital importance that children learn about the countries, people, and customs around the world. I have felt for a long time that knowledge of the geography of this world and "social studies" - or study of people and cultures - is abysmal in our educational system. So the introduction of this little series for the young child is a welcome change in that which has been so lacking.

As in the earlier books in the If You Were Me and Lived In.... series, an introduction to Kenya and to Norway each features a young brother and sister and their family. You see how the language of that country in the series is distinct to the country.

In Kenya you say Baba for daddy and Mzazi for mommy and in Norway Pappa and Mama (kind of like Papa and Mama in English). You will learn across the world that the words for daddy and mama are very similar. However, that is not the case with other words in the various languages. You're welcome in Norway is Din Velkommen. A bit similar, but different. You will learn about the colorful country of Kenya and especially the Massai peoples located in and near the large city of Nairobi. When you venture into Norway, you will see that it is a cold land and that the "days" are extremely long - hence the name land of the midnight sun.

Carole P. Roman is dedicated to helping children learn - good conduct, good behavior, and social studies. Her interest in children learning is further illustrated in her generosity in providing copies for families to read to their children.

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of each of these books was provided by the author to facilitate this review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it...mostly 27 Oct 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Many little kids dream of visiting different countries, and/or want to learn more about people who live in other countries. In seeking out a book to help teach children about different countries, parents want to find something that is informative and takes children's curiosity and ability to absorb information seriously.

Children are invited to look at a new culture from the point of view of a child who already lives in that culture, and accordingly knows it inside and out. Children are invited to consider culturally relevant nicknames, foods, sports, important holidays, passtimes, and words from the local language (complete with pronunciation guide). Colorful pictures provide beautiful examples of all of the above. This is a wonderfully informative book that I will enjoy reading and re-reading to my son.

Now, my Dibbun (my son - not his real name, this is a nickname adopted from the Brian Jacques "Redwall" books) helped me review Roman's work. He liked it too! My son is a wiggly little boy and this book is a little above his reading level (he is only 18 months old). Yet he actually sat through the whole thing while I read it to him. He rarely does that for books with this many words. Roman - you have earned his attention and approval!

In short, Dibbun and I rate this book a 4 out of 5!


The Good
It is hard to find a good children's book that is informative, takes children's curiosity as well as their innate ability to learn seriously, and is actually fun to read. Roman has accomplished all of this here! If you were me... is a delightfully written book that I very much look forward to reading again and again with my Dibbun. The illustrations are colorful, bright, and engaging. The writing is quick and easy to get into, and geared beautifully towards the intended audience. As far as design is concerned, I love how well the words and pictures go together, as well as how they are positioned near/over each other. Visually stunning and a joy to listen to!

Roman's teaching background really shines through here - it is pretty obvious this was written by someone who has read a lot of books to kids and knows the hiccups that can occur when a children's book is not written well.

I learned quite a few things about Norway from this book...though I'm sure my Norwegian friends would shake their heads at my pronunciation of some of the words taught here in the local language. =)

BUT, let's leave this up to the ultimate reviewer - my son!! He is a wriggly little guy who barely sits more that a few minutes in one place unless food is in front of his face. Books that have lots of words (like this one) generally don't hold his attention because he is only 18 months old. This book held his attention. =) He loved it..and especially loved the pictures that included dogs.

Oh, and this book made me incredibly homesick for my home state - Alaska. It seems that Alaska and Norway share a few things in common.

The Bugly
There are just a couple of nit-picky things
One of the words in the local language does not show up in the pronunciation guide - only one is missed.
Most of the things described can describe Alaska as well (Northern Lights, Norway being called "The Land of the Midnight Sun", winter passtimes, ice hotel (there is one in AK too)). This bothered me a bit, mostly because I felt as though something depicting a culture in a different culture should not have so many elements that could be applied to a place within our own culture. There is plenty presented here that is unique to Norway, but still.

I well and truly love this book - it is absolutely delightful!! See, here is one page from the inside:
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book to Open Children's Minds About the Culture in Norway! 6 July 2014
By Jill H. - Published on
"If You Were Me and Lived In…Norway" is another installment in the “An Introduction to Learning About Other Cultures” series by Carole P. Roman. A girl points to where Norway is located in the world on the globe and she and a boy (maybe her brother) shows what it’s like to live there…from the common names of boys and girls, to a well-known hotel, to special qualities of the weather, to food, to recreational activities, to a special day celebrated by people in Norway, and also what they call their schools.

This book is filled with information that will open up little minds to what it’s like to live in Norway, and possibly create more questions from some of those minds filled with wonder. Children will notice similarities and differences in how life is in Norway versus their home country. I can imagine children saying something like “The weather is so funny there.”, or “I’ve never seen a sky look like that.” I think they will also be fascinated by what “The Land of the Midnight Sun” means about Norway. I can imagine a child shouting “I’m from Norway!” when the story starts, if they are in fact from there. If the children who hear this story know anybody from Norway I believe that this book will help them to understand them better!

Disclosure of material connection: I received a free copy of this book from Red Feather Publishing in exchange for a review.
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