If You Were Me And Lived in Poland: Carole P. Roman
Illustrated by Kelsea Wierenga
Get ready for a special trip to Poland and enter Central Europe in a country you would call Pokska and everyone else calls is the Republic of Poland. The kingdom of Poland was founded in 1025 and the Polish constitution was written on May 3, 1791 and believe it or not it was the first in Europe and the second in the world. You might live in the capital which is Warsaw and built on the banks of the Wisla River. You might even have fun exploring the beautiful city and tire yourself out walking and appreciating the beauty. Sitting on the black stone benches might help rest your feet but make sure you press the button on it because you will get to hear the music of one of Poland’s greatest composers Fredrick Chopin. The illustration of Warsaw is breathtaking and the names your parents would choose for you as a boy and girl would be Filip for a boy and Weronika for a girl but the author shares others too. Nicknames that your parents have for boys and girls are shared on page 8 and the illustration on page 9 brings it to life. Going to the sklep or store with mother she buys milk, bread, ham and cheese the polish words are shared on page 10 and the market with its tasty foods on page 11. Visit every child’s favorite place which is The Salt Mine to learn why read pages 12 and 13. Grandmothers are the best cooks and the foods made look great and some are my favorites like the chicken soup she prepared, the pickled herring and the pasty dusted with white sugar. Read pages 14 and see the illustration on page 15 and join them in their special meal. Find out why they do not play with traditional toys and what they love to do. I bet you won’t guess what their favorite sport and the one they love to watch the most. Okay: Here’s the hint: SNOW and you decide what kids and grownups and do on snowy hills. Going bird watching with grandfather looks amazing and fun. Learning about the mythical dragon and going to play Wroclaw. It is a pastime called “ Spot the gnome.” While you check out the cathedrals, market squares beware of the gnomes and if you see on make sure to take a picture. Bet you won’t know where to look unless you read page 23. They even have a children’s day celebrated on June 1 and if you want to participate join in on pages 25 and meet the clown and the others on page 26 where the illustration brings it to life.
One of the greatest astronomers came from Poland. Nicolaus Copernicus came from Poland and revolutionized the way the world looked at the solar system. If you were me and lived in Poland you could see how life would be. The author includes a glossary of Polish terms to help readers understand the language and the polish translations for our English words. This is great to introduce the country, the history and get children interested in learning more about Poland and its history. If you were and wanted to learn more about many different countries I would get the entire series that this amazing author has created for students, teachers and parents. Great for discussion groups and even having the children creating their own glossary of words and pictures of the Polish terms. If you were me and decided to review this book I would give it: FIVE STARS! PIEC GWIAZDEK