If You Were Me and Lived in . . . Egypt, by Carole P. Roman ISBN 9781523374465
Five out of five stars
I am a big fan of the “If You Were Me and Lived in ...” series by Carole Roman. They are a valuable addition to the materials available for multicultural studies at the elementary school level. In general, this book is a solid addition to that library, yet it is unfortunate that it contains a very serious factual flaw.
Following the template of her other books Roman walks the reader through some of the basics of the life of children in modern Egypt, along with some of the history of the nation. A small set of Arabic words for common things such as mother, father and popular foods are introduced. Popular games and sports in Egypt are also described and of course no book about Egypt is complete without a mention of the great Pyramids.
This leads to what I believe should have been a point of greater emphasis, the size of the blocks and the number that were used to make the pyramids. Children need to understand and appreciate how talented ancient people were in solving complex problems.
This book was made available for free for review purposes