In You Were Me and Lived In… Egypt Review

A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World #16


Education and learning the history and culture of places around the world are not necessarily the subjects of books that we would go out and buy for our children to read. But Carole P. Roman has written a series of books that introduce history and world cultures to young readers in a fun way with her If You Were Me and Lived In… series. How many young children would actually want to read about different countries and cultures? Well the If You We Me and Lived In… series makes learning about world cultures much more interesting and accessible for kids.

Do you as a parent or carer know where The Cradle of Civilisation started? It isn’t believed that there is just one place, but one of these places is Mesopotamia and Carole P. Roman introduces children to Egypt in a fun and unique way in If You Were and Lived In… Egypt.

Reading is very important, and it doesn’t really matter what you are reading as long as you are. Children can develop their reading skills by reading with everything from the cereal box to massive tomes but if you enjoy what you are reading and can learn something from it that is even better. If You Were Me and Lived In… Egypt is a fun and educational picture book that introduces children to the culture of the north African country (and it is not just children that can learn from it as I learnt some new things too).

The If You Were Me and Lived In… series is a child’s introduction to different world cultures and this time out we are visiting the transcontinental country of Egypt (has territory in both North Africa and South West Asia – I learned something new as I thought Egypt was just a North African country).

This picture book has 34 pages and takes children to the cradle of civilisation (or one of them anyway), pyramids, Egyptian food, popular Egyptian names, the Nile and a basic history of the country so the reader can see the differences in culture from their own and in other countries.

While this book only gives limited basic information, the idea is to introduce the culture and country to young children without overwhelming them with lots of boring facts and figures or turning it into a school textbook. It is short, interesting and very easy to digest.

It is written in an easy to read and understand way and children will love the humour mixed in with the facts, delivered by two Egyptian siblings. And to help with the tricky Egyptian names there is a handy pronunciation guide with description at the back of the book (and the pronunciations are also in brackets within the story so no need to keep flickering backwards and forwards).

To complement the book, it has been very beautifully illustrated in full colour by Kelsea Wierenga and it helps portray the text on the page very well, giving a wealth of information to the visual reader.

If you want to introduce your children to a new country and culture or just want to expand their knowledge of Egypt, discover the Nile and ancient Pyramids without boring history lessons then If You Were and Lived In… Egypt is a great place to start.

Highly recommended for any child’s bookshelf and it would also be a great benefit to nursery and primary schools as an educational aid.

A fun way to learn about a far away land and their culture.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £8.99 (Paperback)

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DISCLOSURE: I was provided with a free copy of this book for the purposes of writing a honest and impartial review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This review uses an affiliate link which I may receive a small commission from if you purchase through the link.

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