My Blog

My Blog



February 5, 2017

If You Were Me and Lived in the Ancient Mali Empire

Carole P. Roman

Illustrated by Mateya Arkova


  Join Carole P. Roman as she travels back in time to visit the exciting Ancient Empire of Mali in Africa during the 1300s. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the past to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land and its rich history through the eyes of a youngster like you.
Don't forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair time traveler.

About the Author

Carole P. RomanCarole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, IAN Award, Moonbeam Award 2014, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist, Shelf Media Outstanding Series Award, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader's Views Children's Book of the Year 2013. Roman is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series, If You Were Me and Lived in... that explores customs and cultures around the world. She has co-authored a self help book, Navigating Indieworld A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.

Mateya Arkova is children's illustrator based in England. Her illustrations take the readers to a funny cartoonish world with bright pastel colors and curvy lines leading to great adventures.  Her favorite sources of inspiration are traveling the world and drawing its vivid colors.


The Mali Empire was known as the Mandingo Empire during 1230 and 1600. The word Mali means hippopotamus in the Mandinka language. Ms. Roman, as usual, takes the reader on a journey into a new land.   You learn about the  past and present.    If you were born a girl you might have been names Wassa or Mariam and the boys might have been called Dango or Ibraham.   You learn that the country followed the Islam faith.  They lived in adobe homes with many rooms.  This was of making the home kept in cool in the hot summer.   The father had many wives and many children. You learn about the foods they eat, what they wear and what they do as a living   This is not only an interesting read but an enjoyable book that you can learn from.   There is so much that readers don't know about different countries, or the country even exists.  This as all of Ms. Roman's books are not just for children but adults as well.  You learn about different cultures and the people who live them. 
 Children need these kind of books to help them learn and yet at the same time, enjoy reading them. 
Ms. Roman also gives pronunciation of words in parenthesis and at the end of the book is a glossary of terms and people.  A new book to add to the bookshelf of travels.

I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

1 comment:

Carole P. Roman said...

Thanks Gayle. Love your review.