Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
If You Were Me and Lived in… Mexico 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 particular edition is about Mexico and starts by pointing out where the country actually is on the world map. Beautifully illustrated the book goes on to highlighting the countries capital, the food and the Mexican words for mummy and daddy. It then delves deeper into the Mexican culture with a glimpse of their traditions, special holidays and hobbies. I like the fact it mentions Chichen Itza as it was an easy way to get my son interested in the culture and looking up pictures of it on the internet later. It is all done in a concise and clear way ideal for young children. At the back of the book is a list of the Mexican words used throughout the book and how to pronounce them in English making it a fun way of learning another language. This is a really great idea and adds an extra dimension.
My son and I read the book together and he enjoyed going through all the illustrations as I explained what was going on. The pictures are so colourful that they engaged him into listening and wanting to know more. I used the book to show him on the globe the area we were talking about as one minor criticism I have is that the map at the front shows where Mexico is in North America but not where it is in relation to other countries, it does show it on the world map but doesn’t state the name of any of the countries, hence having to look it up on the globe.
A short but informative book that explains a lot in only 22 pages. Highly recommended and we will be on the lookout for other book in the series.
Available to buy from Amazon here.