The "If You Were Me and Lived in... " series introduces young readers to countries around the world through the eyes of children. The book on Poland is the latest addition to the titles available. How the city of Warsaw is named for the figures in an old legend involving a fisherman and a mermaid is charming. Children will also find the game of looking for gnomes in the city of Wroclaw intriguing - and a bit like the current craze to find Pokemon characters around town. Common names chosen for boys or girls, and the nicknames for mommy and daddy are also introduced. Favorite foods, sports, and games are described. In the back is a glossary/pronunciation guide for the Polish words such as chrusciki, misiek, and pilka nozna. Readers will be surprised at how different the sounds associated with the letters are when compared to the English pronunciation of the same letters.
Along with the everyday details of home, school, and pastimes, there are other facts about the country and its history. Did you know that the great composer Chopin and the famous astronomer Copernicus were both from Poland? Books such as this are great as a first introduction for elementary school students to the various cultures around the world. Teachers and librarians will find it handy to have the entire set on their shelves.
I received a copy from the author for review purposes.