Saturday, April 29, 2017

Spring Reading 2017 If You Were Me and Lived in...Germany


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 Germany includes descriptions of everyday events like bicycling with your parents or using euros to buy ice cream.  A photo of Neuschwanstein Castle  is accompanied by the information that it is considered to be the inspiration for the castle in Disneyland. Model train enthusiasts will enjoy learning about the Miniatur Wunderland in the historic Port of Hamburg. Throughout the book readers learn the German words for family members and household objects, there are examples of popular foods, and suggestions for favorite boys' and girl's names.  In the back is a glossary/pronunciation guide for words such as fussball, brezel, and puppe. 

Along with the everyday details of home, school, and pastimes, there are other facts about the country and its history, including a reference to World War II and the Berlin Wall. 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.

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