If you were me and lived in … Colonial America

titleCarole Roman’s If You Were Me and Lived In… Colonial America is charming and intriguing — the perfect combination to immerse your young ones (and maybe yourself) in some food for thought about how lives differed between then and now.

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Mrs. Roman keeps the main part of her story focused from the perspective of a child living in colonial New England, and leaning on the story of the Pilgrims. We get a bit more of the story here than is traditionally shared, with the story-telling child reflecting on what life was like in Europe before the sea journey, and what it was like to live in a harsh environment while everyone spent the winter building homes… in a place where no one really knew how to make a living.

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The story teller shares more familiar parts with us, as well, including how the native peoples supported and taught the colonists how to survive.

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What children needed to learn in order to grow up and live well as quite a bit different than today!

The clothing of children in the colonial era was quite different from today, as well as the idea of what schooling was – for boys and for girls.

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I’m very interested to learn more about Ann Hutchison – I can only think it must have been a very big deal for a mother of 15 to go against the religious and political establishment!

Although the narrative of the book centers around the New England region, Mrs. Roman does include a list of other colonial era figures, well know and from other parts of the American Continent. Some are well known (Pocahontas) and others less so. I was bemused to learn of Ann Hutchison, a mother of 15 children (bless her!) who rebelled against the strictures of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and was eventually tried and drown out, going on to resettle in New York.

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If You Were Me and Lived In… Colonial America is part of Mrs. Roman’s “If You Were Me and Lived In…” series which explores children living in a wide range of areas and times, and creates a way for today’s children to relate to those times and places. I’m looking forward to exploring other titles, myself!

I received a complimentary copy of If You Were Me and Lived In… Colonial America for review purposes.
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