Reviewed by Katy Nettleton
If You Were Me and Lived in… Hungary is one of a series of books from acclaimed author Carole P Roman. With a target range of 4 to 8 years old the series provides a colourful and informative guide to a large range of countries across the world in just the right format for young minds.
This book is part of a series that embraces cultures and supports young people’s understanding of the world around them using a simple, fact filled book to support the learning of children. I personally, loved this book! As a Mum who often struggles to recall everything I leant in geography at school (a fair few years ago) I found this book informative and helped me to learn alongside by 4 year old twin girls about Hungary and their language.
The book starts off by taking you to Hungary on the globe and shows where you would find this landlocked country it then talks about the Capital City, names for; girls, boys, Mum’s and Dad’s, shopping (and their currency), sites you may wish to visit, traditional food and sports played in Hungary, and finally what Hungary is famous for all in 22 pages! This book is very informative, but yet written simply and gets straight to the point so kept my girls wanting to find out more; this lead to us looking on the internet together to find out which countries neighbour Hungary, what the weather is like and what the children do at school (my children were very keen to find these facts out by themselves!). I welcome any book which embraces culture whilst raising understanding of the world which surrounds us all and enabling the younger generation to develop an understanding of different cultures and countries. We had a fun filled afternoon reading and looking on the internet and at images of the country and looking for buildings discussed in the book on Google Maps.
My only slight criticisms I have is that the book is aimed at an American audience (but this doesn’t change the impact the book has on children/young people) and that the writing is white on a black page making it difficult to read on an evening in my girls’ bedroom.
I think the icing on the cake of this book is that the author has provided pronunciation list (during and at the end of the book) for example what Grandma, Mummy and currency is in Hungarian and how it is pronounced. This was definitely a hit with my girls and they keep going around the house calling me Anya (Mummy), which just shows that children can learn through books which are enjoyable and easy to follow through the words and pictures. I will definitely be look at getting more of these books in the series and looking out for books by this ingenious author.
Available to buy from Amazon here.