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Learn About the American West for Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Review, printables and activities for Carole P. Roman's picture book If You Were Me and Lived in the American West for Multicultural Children's Book Day

This is my 3rd and final review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day.  If you haven’t read about Carole P. Roman’s books If You Were Me and Lived in the Ancient Mali Empire and If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China, don’t miss out on these amazing books and the fun crafts and activities you can do with them.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day is on January 27.  It’s a  celebration and encouragement of multicultural books for kids.  It was created by Mia Wenjen of PragmaticMom and Valarie Budayr of Jump into a Book.  These ladies are on a mission to make more diverse books available to our nation’s youth.   It doesn’t get better than that.

Review, printables and activities for Carole P. Roman's picture book If You Were Me and Lived in the American West for Multicultural Children's Book Day

If You Were Me and Lived in the American West would make a great addition to American history studies, but it also stands alone as a fun picture book that is filled with information about the American West, the Oregon Trail, and homesteading.  My favorite part is its concentration on the Oregon Trail and what it would have been like to be part of a wagon train traveling from the midwest to Oregon.

This book walks your littles through what they would have worn, what supplies they would have to take, and what chores they might have done as they traveled the trail.  After all that, it shows them how they might have built their house, what crops they would have planted, and what kind of town might have grown up near them as other settlers arrived in Oregon.

These books are award winners for a reason.  Though we studied this part of history a couple years ago, my boys learned 1 0r 2 new things when they sat down to read this book with me.  Learning new things is totally the point, right?  Roman is thorough in her research and in the information she supplies for littles.  I really can’t recommend these books enough.

Like the other books I’ve reviewed for Roman, this one provides lots of opportunities for activities.  So let’s get to it.

Geography

I’ve made up a free printable for you that has a map of the Oregon Trail, a blank map for your littles to fill out, and 5 questions that relate to the map.  This will help give them a better idea of just how far they would have had to travel with the wagon train.

ReFree Oregon Trail Map printable for Carole P. Roman's picture book If You Were Me and Lived in the American West for Multicultural Children's Book DayScience

Plant seeds as a science activity for Carole P. Roman's picture book If You Were Me and Lived in the American West for Multicultural Children's Book Day

This is the perfect time of year to start some seeds indoors for early spring planting.  Your littles will love having the opportunity to put the seeds in soil, add a little water, and watch the seeds grow into seedlings and then full plants.   And having fresh vegetables to eat later?  Um, win!  So get some potting soil and some seeds (maybe even the exact seeds the book talks about planting), and let your littles have a ball.

There are a couple free printables to do with gardening in my subscriber freebies, too.    If you want your littles to really get involved, print out the Garden Planning Pages and My Plant Diary so they can keep track of their plants as they grow.

Craft

Sunset Silhouette Painting Craft for Carole P. Roman's picture book If You Were Me and Lived in the American West for Multicultural Children's Book Day

One of our favorite art projects is to pull a picture from a book and paint it ourselves.  We did this for Story Time: Spoonbill Swamp and it turned out lovely, but I might like this sunset painting even more!

Sunset Silhouette Painting

What you need:

Sunset Silhouette Painting Craft for Carole P. Roman's picture book If You Were Me and Lived in the American West for Multicultural Children's Book Day

  • Watercolors in brown, sienna, orange, ochre, yellow, blue, black, green, and white
  • Watercolor paper
  • Paintbrushes in a 2-3 different sizes
  • The picture from the book
  • The silhouette print-out that is part of the Wild West Printable
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

What you do:

Sunset Silhouette Painting Craft for Carole P. Roman's picture book If You Were Me and Lived in the American West for Multicultural Children's Book Day

  • Start out by dry brushing brown on the bottom of your paper with a medium brush for the ground.  You don’t want to use too much water or you’ll lose the scrubby look.

Sunset Silhouette Painting Craft for Carole P. Roman's picture book If You Were Me and Lived in the American West for Multicultural Children's Book Day

  • Next, paint a hill on the left side of the paper above the brown in sienna.  Make sure to bring the color down and across the page, blending with the brown of the ground.
  • Use orange to create your first mountainscape just above the sienna.

Sunset Silhouette Painting Craft for Carole P. Roman's picture book If You Were Me and Lived in the American West for Multicultural Children's Book Day

  • Use ochre to create a second mountainscape above the orange, following the line of the first mountain with a single stripe of your medium brush.

Sunset Silhouette Painting Craft for Carole P. Roman's picture book If You Were Me and Lived in the American West for Multicultural Children's Book Day

  • Yellow will make the bulk of the sunset. Create a straight line above the mountainscape then fill it in with yellow, making sure to blend.

Sunset Silhouette Painting Craft for Carole P. Roman's picture book If You Were Me and Lived in the American West for Multicultural Children's Book Day

  • Start your clouds by blending a bit of sienna with white and dabbing the brush on the paper.  Use the illustration from the book as  guide.
  • Once you’ve got some sienna clouds in place, mix a bit of blue and black together to create the stormy-looking grey clouds.

Sunset Silhouette Painting Craft for Carole P. Roman's picture book If You Were Me and Lived in the American West for Multicultural Children's Book Day

  • Continue to add storm clouds with the blue/black mixture, using the illustration as a guide.

  • Fill in your sky with blue and sienna/white clouds.
  • Dab some white along the bottom edges of a few clouds to make it look like sun glow.

Sunset Silhouette Painting Craft for Carole P. Roman's picture book If You Were Me and Lived in the American West for Multicultural Children's Book Day

  • By the time you’ve finished your sky, your ground paint should be dry.  Use a small brush dipped in green to create vertical dry dab on the ground for grass.

Sunset Silhouette Painting Craft for Carole P. Roman's picture book If You Were Me and Lived in the American West for Multicultural Children's Book Day

  • Here’s roughly what your painting should look like.

Sunset Silhouette Painting Craft for Carole P. Roman's picture book If You Were Me and Lived in the American West for Multicultural Children's Book Day

  • While the painting is drying, print out the silhouettes from the Wild West Printable and cut them out.

Sunset Silhouette Painting Craft for Carole P. Roman's picture book If You Were Me and Lived in the American West for Multicultural Children's Book Day

  • Using the illustration or our painting as a guide, glue your silhouettes onto your painting

Isn’t that just gorgeous?  I love that with watercolors your littles can create their own interpretation of the picture while still following directions.  It’s my favorite.

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Love wins,

KT

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.

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14 Comments

  1. I love Carole’s books, and your activities are making them even better! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!
    Tina
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  2. Thank you so much for linking up with us on the Hop at Hip Homeschool Moms! My daughter loves art, and this will really make her study of the West much more fun.
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  3. I am blown away by the beauty of this review and your painting tutorial! SO COOL! Thank you so much for participating in MCBD2017 #reaadyourworld

  4. Your art project turned out beautifully! What a wonderful way to make this book come alive! Thank you SO MUCH for your support of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. We so appreciate you!

  5. I love your lesson plans. I learn a lot just from reading them. Thanks for linking up with the #LMMLinkup this week.
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  6. We read this book a few months ago, and the children enjoyed it. You’ve done a great job of the activities. Thanks for linking up to What To Read Wednesday!

  7. I wish I would have know about this book last year when we studied the American West. And I love how you incorporated several subjects!!! Thanks for sharing!

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