Friday, September 29, 2017
Book Review: 'If You Were Me and Lived in....the Mayan Empire' by Carole P. Roman
The multi-talented Carole P. Roman, whose `Captain No Beard' books continue to stay on top of the list of children's favorites, added another series of countries to explore, and now adds yet another series that enrich children's knowledge of other historical periods – to this date these include Colonial America, Middle Ages, Renaissance Italy, Ancient Greece, Ancient China and Elizabethan England, the American West, the Mali Empire, Viking Europe, and now the Mayan Empire! Carole not only has mastered the art of story telling and education but she also now opens doors of wonder about past times and periods that may just well be the introduction to history for the lucky children that are exposed to these well illustrated and knowledgeable books. This book about the MAYAN EMPIRE in the Yucatan Peninsula in southeastern Mexico is beautifully illustrated by Paula Tabor.
Carole steps further into history than most writers tread. Her decision to write about the Mayan Empire is timely, bringing her young readers (and their equally only tangentially informed parents) into the considerable riches of Mexican period of time from 1800 BC to the early 1500s when Mayan civilization spread form what we now know as Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador and was the only American society with a written history. She discusses what life was like during the peak of the Empire and follows with well-researched information about the famous events and leaders of the time. Coupling this with the unique pyramids, types of trade, the foods, clothes, weaving, tattoos, coming of age festivals, the various foods that were cultivated and hunted – all manner of facts woven into the tie-dye tapestry that Carole weaves so well. And at the end of the book Carole provides a glossary of important people of the time and words commonly used.
In other words, Carole makes leaning history fun and exciting and enhances children’s appreciation of the world of the past. And this book about the Mayans is one of her very finest yet. Excellent on every level. Grady Harp, March 17
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
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