Do you ever think about a city like Seoul in South Korea being populated by people for over two thousand years? I am not sure that I have ever given any thought about the age of Seoul. In fact I was glad the book reminded me which continent South Korea was in.
I am trying to recall how many people I may have encountered from South Korea over my lifetime and it has only been a few. I have a friend that lives in my town that is from Vietnam and sometimes it takes a little extra to understand each other when we talk. In the same way Carole P. Roman talks about the favorite celebrations and traditions is the same way my friend often shares some of her favorite cultural Holidays like the Chinese New Year.
“If You Were Me and Lived In South Korea” by Carole P. Roman shares about one of the favorite traditional Holidays called “The Lunar New Year.” This appears to be a favorite time for the young people because the Grand-parents give a special treat to their grand-children! Won- which is like dollar bills! I happen to think that is a great New Year tradition for the grand-parents as well!
Taekwondo is something I most certainly have heard of but I did not associate it to the Korean culture! There are so many little nuggets in this book. It is sure to please the young children and encourage them to learn about the favorite traditions of other kids just like themselves, but speak a different language and live in a different place.
I will be sure to seek out the other books of countries Carole P. Roman has written in her unique series. I am pleased with the content and how the wonderfully illustrated pages light up these books!
If You Were Me and Live In…South Korea: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World
Carole P. Roman
Reviewed by Janet Reeves for Rebecca’s Reads (2/14)