If You Were Me and Lived in ....Ancient Greece
If You Were Me and Lived in...Colonial America
If You Were Me and Lived in...Elizabethan England
If You Were Me and Lived in...the Middle Ages
All four of the books I received have a few similar qualities. Each is paperback and contains a glossary and "important people" section in the back of the book. These are great resources for young readers who may not know what certain words meant long ago, as the meanings have changed over time, for example "pounds" and "pasties". The section on people to know from that time period is very helpful for younger readers as they tie it all together. You could easily pull together a unit study with just one of the books and the resources in the back.
The Ancient Greece and Middle Ages book each has a "softer" feel, in that the illustrations are done in a water color style. No harsh lines here, and the colors blend nicely to give the books a nice "old" feel (see the photos below).
Likewise, the Elizebethan and Colonial America books have bolder lines, darker colors and give an air of more "rigidity" in the way of life for that time period. The Colonial American book, with it's use of dark colors conveys a somber feeling (see photos below).
Lindsey and I used the Middle Ages book as a read aloud to go with our current study of that time period. She liked that the book was written in a way that helped her visualize being IN the time period and not just reading a lot of facts and dates. We were able to pull some of the information (vocabulary and famous people) and use that to had to the history notebook we're creating. Likewise, we read the Elizabethan England book to see where the folks of the middle ages were headed.
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