If You Were Me and Lived in… France by Carole P. Roman Review

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Reviewed by Pamela Draycott

This small 24 page book is part of a series which introduces children in a simplistic but interesting way to different cultures around the world. I would say it is aimed at 4 to 7 year olds. The text is simple and the illustrations colourful, clear and relevant. It has won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards. It was a finalist in Foreward’s book of the year awards.

It gives snippets of information about living in France, Paris to be exact. It introduces some basic French words in context very well. For example, “When you talk to your mommy, you would call her Maman, and when you speak to your daddy, you would say Papa”. It covers a famous landmark in Paris, food, sport and 14th July (Bastille Day). It gives examples of popular French names for both boys and girls. At the end of the book there is a helpful guide to pronunciation. Speaking of which, one of the boys’ names mentioned in the text is Mathis whilst in the guide to pronunciation it is Mattieu – not a major thing but in terms of consistency one variant of the name should have been given.

I like this book and would buy it and others in the series for my grandchildren.

Rating: 4/5

RRP: £6.99

Available to buy from Amazon here.

4 Star

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