Review: If You Were Me and Lived in The Middle Ages by Carole P. Roman


As a homeschooling mom with Charlotte Mason leanings I love living books.  I think so much can be taught with living books and the majority of my children's education has been taught this way.  So when I had the opportunity to review If You Were Me and Lived in The Middle Ages I was excited.  Before the book had arrived I was already planning a way to create a unit study of the Middle Ages with it.  However, when I received the book I decided not to plan the unit study around it for my kids.  Don't get me wrong, I like the book, I just didn't love it the way that I had hoped that I would.

The first thing I noticed about this book is that it is long, which isn't always a bad thing, but it wasn't an engaging story so it made getting through the length of the book difficult.  The author does provide quite a bit of educational information in the book.  However, it felt like there was more of a push to get the information in than there was to write an engaging and relatable story.  The information didn't flow the way most living books do and the story didn't draw my children in the way other living books do.

That being said this is still an exceptional book.  One of the things that I liked was the way in which vocabulary words are introduced.  The author provides the word, meaning, and pronunciation, as well as a glossary in the back containing all vocabulary words.

When I received this book I was under the impression that it was for elementary and middle school age children.  I believe that it is probably best for older children, and that it would be above the heads of younger elementary students.

I think that this book would make a good supplement to a study on the Middle Ages.  If you wanted to do the work you could also easily use this book as a spine to a unit study on the Middle Ages.

I did receive this book for free in exchange for my honest review of the book.  All opinions in this post are my own and are in no way influenced by this.


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