Another brand-spankin' new addition to the If You Were Me and Lived In... series. This time, Carole Roman has added Egypt to her cannon, and I was so excited to see this. Let's dive in and learn something new!
There was so much I learned from this book. The second-oldest university in the world is located in the capital, Cairo. I should have guessed, as this was not far from where the Library at Alexandria would have once stood. I did know about the Pyramids at Giza, and it was really wonderful to see these presented so lovingly in this book. There was a description of taking a boat down the Nile, and a discussion of going to visit King Tut. The description of cooking Egyptian food was just seriously not fair, because I feel as though I desperately need some of that middle eastern cooking, and the holidays that family take together sound absolutely delightful.
I love the young woman on the cover wearing a head covering. What a fantastic representation for young girls to see. The more we make representations of different belief systems the norm, the more we can see them as just part of a story. That leads me into my happy description of why I love these books so much, this particular one making that rise to the surface. There is so much of the world I have yet to see, and it's incredible to me how Roman can make these cultures come alive on the page. It gives not just me, a silly grownup with a budget for travel and a love of learning new things, but it also gives the young people in my life (and anyone else who picks up these books) a sense that the world is a much larger, more diverse, and quite a more loving place, then we actually often give it credit for. I love giving these books as gifts, and I will continue doing so.