If You Were Me and Lived in…Israel
About 2 and a half years ago I visited Israel. I traveled from Tel Aviv to up north, then down into the desert finishing up in Jerusalem. The trip was a week long, and it was a whirlwind adventure. Reading this book reminded me of that week-long adventure I had and the people I met along the way. While the illustrations leave much to be desired the story in the book adequately outlines the culture of Israel and the people you will find when you visit there. Since English is not considered one of the main languages of Israel, the pronunciations next to the Hebrew words in the book were a big help while reading. Having the Pronunciation Guide in the back of the book was a great way to remind readers of the words they have just learned, how to pronounce the word and the definition of the word. I’m saving this book to read to my children (when I have them) to teach them about their heritage.
If You Were Me and Lived on…Mars
While I like to think at my age I know everything, this book is an excellent reminder that I don’t. This children’s book taught me more about Mars then I have ever known. It is unfortunate to learn that to live on Mars would be a 3-year journey, but it is probably worth it since the explorer inside of me loves the idea of going where few have gone before. If I were younger and needed to do a school project on Mars, this would be the first and only book I would need to complete the project. It is chocked full of information and researched facts. Sign me up for the next mission to Mars!
If You Were Me and Lived in…the Middle Ages
This book is disguised as a young children’s book, but when you open up to the first page, you realize that older kids in 5th and 6th grade can read this too. There are so much detail and information on the pages that I felt like I knew what it was like to live through the Middle Ages. Throw me into a time machine and send me back to the Middle Ages because this book taught me everything I would need to know to not just survive but to thrive in those years.
The Crew Goes Coconuts: A Captain No Beard Story
Every good children’s story should have a moral that teaches readers and helps them grow. Captain No Beard and his crew can definitely help any child through social interactions and assist them in learning to look past others’ differences. It was a cute read that any child can follow and learn from. My inner child found a new crew to be a part of, that also has a smart captain at the helm.