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If You Were Me And Lived In…ISRAEL

This past Christmas a local church put on a “Walk through Bethlehem” where the children were able to explore a Middle Eastern Market. They had an amazing time exploring the shops, eating the food and playing children’s games. It really piqued their curiosity and they wanted to learn more. “If You Were Me And Lived In…Israel” is a book that take your little one on a journey to Israel where they can learn more of the customs and culture.

“If You Were Me and Lived In…Israel”  is another installment in the “If You Were Me and Lived In…” series. The books in this series take your child on an adventure to amazing lands that they may never be able to physically travel to. This book takes us on a fascinating journey throughout the land of Israel where we get to explore the customs and culture of the people who live there. Discover what you would eat, do for fun and even what you would call your Mom and Dad!

“If You Were Me and Lived In…Israel”  is an wonderful book for any armchair world traveler. I love how the author, Ms. Roman, has included a pronunciation guide for important or unfamiliar words.  Often young readers can be discouraged when trying to read large word, especially if they are from another language, the guide helps build your child’s confidence. I love that the guide is in the text as you are reading the book, as well as a complete alphabetical guide at the back of the book.

Throughout each book in the “If You Were Me and Lived In…” series, you will discover new words. We love the consistency that Ms. Roman weaves throughout the series, teaching us how to say words like, “Mom”, “Dad” and “Doll” in each book. This book was no different, and the kids are excited to Ima (Mommy) and Abba (Daddy) in the Israeli language.

My children enjoyed learning about the history of Israel. They were most interested in learn why they read from right to left, instead of the other way around like we are accustomed to. I won’t give away the reason, you’ll have to read the book to discover why for yourself!

“If You Were Me and Lived In…Israel” explores the land of Israel from a child’s perspective. I love how the book covers topics that all children can relate to and are interested in. Most children have enjoyed a game of soccer. My children found it interesting that children in Israel play it too, only they call it by a different name.

Both my children study Karate and we enjoyed learning that there is an the Israeli style of martial art called Krav Maga. It is something my children want to learn more about. It’s always an adventure to learn about different styles of martial arts, and I want my children to learn that there are more styles out there than just the one we study.

“If You Were Me and Lived In…Israel” is a wonderful journey through the land of Israel where your children can learn about their customs and cultures.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “If You Were Me and Lived In…Israel” in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Being A Captain Is Hard Work

It was Library Week at our local school. My son’s teacher asked me to read a favourite book to the class and of course I was thrilled to do just that! So on Friday I packed up my pirates treasure chest, my crew of stuffed animals and pirate ship and headed off to the school. My son was so excited to share “Being A Captain Is Hard Work” with all his friends that he could hardly wait for me to get there!


“Being A Captain Is Hard Work” by Carole P Roman is another installment in the “Captain No Beard” series of books. It’s the story of Captain No Beard and Crew as they journey to Dew Rite Volcano. Captain No Beard risks the safety of his crew and ship when he refuses to listen to his mates. When Mongo predicts a storm and Linus informs him that they are headed in the wrong direction, the Captain insists that he knows best. Will the crew be able to convince that he is heading into danger?

Ms Roman has created a fun story to teach our little one about the importance of listening to others, even if we think we already know the answers. Both adults and children need to learn how to listen more and talk less. All to often we choose to talk over others and refuse to really hear what they are saying. I often find myself on half listening to my children when they are telling me the correct way to do something, believing that I know all the answers and the results are often not in my favour!

The story is also about friendships and trusting those around us. When the Captain admits his mistakes to his friends, they are there ready to forgive him. He discovers that it isn’t enough to just be Captain and be in charge, that it’s important allow others to do their jobs. This is an important point for me to remember. All too often it’s easier for me to just do a task, rather than wait for my children to do what I’ve asked. This book reminded me that it’s important to trust that my children can shine at the tasks that they are assigned to do (even if they aren’t done the way that I do them).

The story isn’t without it’s science lesson. At the back of the book is a cloud key, where you and your child can discover the different types of clouds that you see in the sky and what it means when you see them. After reading the book you will find yourself and your children looking up at the sky and trying to predict the weather based on what you see in the clouds.

The illustrations are fun and colourful. The characters in the book are familiar from past books that we have read, but it isn’t necessary to read the other books to enjoy  this story.  I’ve read these books to two kindergarten classes and both classes enjoyed the story. They loved to get into the story and say “Aargh!” and “Shiver Me Timbers!”.  The story encourages children to children to use their imagination. It’s the perfect story to read to a classroom, the text is on one side of the page while the images are on the other. The font is large and easily read by young readers.

“Being A Captain Is Hard Work” is a story about listening, friendships and responsibility. Let your children’s imagination set sail and climb aboard the Flying Dragon with Captain No Beard.


Author’s Website: http://caroleproman.com/
Author’s Blog: http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks
Twitter: @caroleproman
Amazon.com: A Captain No Beard Story: Being A Captain Is Hard Work


Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.




We were sitting around the campfire the other night when a friend pointed out that the space station was going to be passing overhead very soon, so we all ran out into the field to see if we could spot it. The kids were fascinated as they watched it glide across the night-time sky. After it flew by we spent another 30 minutes looking at the constellation and planets, trying to name the ones that we knew!

“Rocket-Bye” by Carole P Roman is bedtime poem that will take your child on a gentle adventure throughout the solar system.

“Rocket-Bye” is a calming bedtime story written in poem that lets your child explore the galaxy from the comfort of home. I love the soft images that go with the story. The colours are calming, making it perfect for bedtime.

The book is perfect for young readers with just a line or two of text on each page. I love that my daughter can read it herself at bedtime. The story is simple but opens up such a whole new world to young children.

My children loved to explore pages with the constellation illustrations. They are amazed by the night sky, and this gave us another opportunity to explore the sky with a little bit of help from “Rocket-Bye” and google. The author mentions the stars Polaris, Castor and Rigel in the book my children were intrigued because they recognized the constellations from illustrations, but they wanted to know which stars belonged with which constellation. It was fun to discover new constellations that we didn’t know existed as well as learn more about the ones we see in the sky each night.

Although it probably wasn’t the books intention, it raised all kinds of questions about the stars and planets. Is Pluto a planet? Why was it downgraded? Could there be life on Venus? And so many other questions, many of which I couldn’t answer and we’ve been researching since. I love books that challenge my children to explore the world around them. Our next stop is to the library to find more books about the stars.

I love how this book encourages your little ones to imagine all the places they could go on their own Rocket ship. Would they fly to the moon, or keep on going? I love the conversation that follows about all the things they would see and do. It’s not long before they are drifting off to sleep and start to dream about far off places they will visit.

For more information on “Rocket-Bye” please visit:
Author’s Website: http://caroleproman.com/
Author’s Blog: http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/caroleproman
Amazon: “Rocket-Bye”

My other reviews of Carole P Roman Books.

*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “Rocket-Bye” in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles

FribbetTheFrogChange is an adventure. Sometimes it’s scary, sometimes it’s fun…but it’s always an adventure!

“Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles” is another Captain No Beard adventure. Fribbet the Frog is usually a happy fellow, but today he’s unhappy.  The finds him crying and hiding all alone on the ship. Things are changing at home…tadpoles are everywhere and Fribbet feels like he doesn’t fit in anymore. Can the crew find a way to help him feel better?

“Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles” the author, Carole P. Roman, has created wonderful story about friendship and the value of sharing our troubles with our friends and about how wonderful family can be.

The story has an important message for everyone, young and old…

“Problems can weigh you down like a heavy anchor.
When you share your load with others,
It’s never to heavy to carry.”
– Captain No Beard –

“Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles” is a story about change. Life is full of changes and when you are small change can often seem very scary. As an adult we are often able to predict what will happen in a given situation, but little imaginations often work overtime and create all sorts of crazy outcomes! This story reminded me that I need to remember my children are just that…children. They don’t always see the whole picture, and sometimes the little picture can be scary!

Sharing our problems can be difficult. It can make us feel vulnerable. We might feel that our friends won’t understand or even worse, they might laugh at us! Fribbet learns that sharing your troubles with a friend can actually make you feel better.

The story also shows us that we all have fears. Each member of the crew had something they were all afraid of. When Fribbet shared his fears with his friends, he discovered that he wasn’t alone. All of his friends were scared of something and together they can work through those fears.

“Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles” is also a wonderful story about how great family can be. Sometimes our siblings can be difficult to get along with. They will make messes, take our toys and even steal away some of Mom’s time. It’s easy to be jealous or even scared that Mom will forget all about us and love our sibling more. The story shows us that even though our sibling can be difficult they really are our best friends in the world.

 The text on each page is great for young readers. My daughter just finished Grade 1 French Immersion and could easily read the text. There was just enough text on each page to challenge her. The illustrations are fun. My kids are familiar with the characters now and love seeing them in each new story.

“Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles” is another wonderful Captain No Beard story that my children love to read again and again. Each Captain No Beard adventure has a great message and is a great way to spend time reading with your child.

For more information on “Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles” please visit:

Author’s Website: http://caroleproman.com/
Author’s Blog: http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks
Twitter: @caroleproman
Amazon.com: “Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles”

Previous Captain No Beard Review on Penny Minding Mom.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.



Can A Princess Be A Firefighter?

PrincessFirefighterI’m so glad that my kids are growing up in a time that they can be anything that they want to be!  A firefighter, a dancer or mechanic, it doesn’t matter…the world is theirs to conquer!  I don’t want my children believe that their gender will limit their choices.

“Can a Princess Be a Firefighter?” is the latest book by Carle P. Roman.  It follows two little girls as their father answers the all important question, “Can a princess be a firefighter?”.

“Can a Princess Be a Firefighter?” teaches our children some important life lessons.  My daughter is consumed with all things “Princess”.  The are some activities that she won’t try because “only boys do that”.  I love how Ms. Roman shows my daughter that she can do anything she wants, and never have to give up her princess status.

Ms. Roman also stresses that it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it makes you happy.  I want my children to know that they don’t have to make a million dollars and be the president of a company for me to be proud of them. No matter what career path they choose, as long as they do it to the best of their abilities I will always be proud.

The biggest life lesson we took away from the story was to not let anyone limit your dreams. My children are big dreamers, nothing is out of their reach.  There will always be someone in this world telling you aren’t smart enough, or strong enough or “whatever” enough.  I want my children to listen to that inner voice that tells them they can do anything and be anything!

The illustrations are fun water colours.  The choice of font and the amount of text on each page is perfect for young readers.

“Can a Princess Be a Firefighter?” is a story that is geared toward girls, but my son enjoyed listening to it as well.  Both children and I talked about all the things they want to be when they grow up and the steps they might take to get there.  This is a great story to inspire your children to become whatever their heart calls them to be!

For more information on “Can a Princess Be a Firefighter?” please visit:

Author’s Website: http://caroleproman.com/
Author’s Blog: http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/caroleproman
Amazon.com: Can a Princess Be a Firefighter?

*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “Can a Princess Be a Firefighter” in exchange for my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.