Poland: If You Were Me and Lived in Poland

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Cześć! (cheh-sh-ch), or hello, friends!

Welcome to Multicultural Children's Book Day (MCBD) 2020! I am super excited to take a virtual trip with you through a wonderful book about Poland. 

MCBD, a non-profit organization, began seven years ago by two kind ladies who love reading and sharing the world with others. Together, they created a day that celebrated books from around the world for kids, families, and teachers. Now, their national event helps spread awareness of different cultures and people across the globe. WOW!

As you know, I love traveling the world and sharing my adventures with kids and families like you. So being part of this special movement fills me with joy! (Did you like the pun I added in there?) I am so happy to be able to share such amazing books with you and your family!

I love this quote by Dr. Seuss, because it shares why I love books and reading so much. "The more you read the more you know, the more you learn the more places you'll go." Books are a great way to learn about the world and how other people live. Through reading we can discover much about ourselves, others, and connect with each other. It's always easy to connect with one another through the magic of books! 

So today, we will be taking a virtual journey to Central Europe to visit a country called Pokska (Pol-lska), or The Republic of Poland (Pol-land), through a fun book called If You Were Me and Lived in Poland: A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World written by Carole P. Roman and illustrated by Kelsea Wierenga. Mrs. Roman was very kind to share her colorful book with me, so I could share it with you!  

Before we start our journey through the story, I want to show you where Poland is located in our world. As I mentioned, you will find it in Central Europe surrounded by countries like Germany, Ukraine, and the Czech Republic. It is about 6,500 miles away from where I live in Indonesia by air. That is about a 12 hour trip by airplane from Indonesia to Poland. Poland may be closer or farther from you, depending on where you live in the world. The best way to see it for yourself is by looking at a map or globe. 

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Map of Poland Photo By Burmesedays, amendments by Globe-trotter and Alexander Tsirlin - Own work based on OpenStreetMap, UN map of Poland and outline map of Poland regions by Sapphire including the earlier work by Halibutt, [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

The cover features a boy and girl from Poland that are pointing to a world map to show where Poland is located. So right away, you will know where Poland is and where we will be taking our virtual trip. Then when you open the book, you see colorful illustrations that combine real photos with drawings, how fascinating! We are taken to Warsaw (Var-shav-a), the capital city of Poland, where you will learn where the city got its name and what it is like to walk through the city. I really felt like I was strolling the streets in Warsaw as I read the book.

I wanted you to see what it is like to walk through Warsaw as well. So below you will find a video of three siblings that traveled to Warsaw to share what they discovered there. It's fun to see the city and learn about its history. The treats also look so delicious! 

After checking out Warsaw in the story, you then head on (with the boy and girl featured on the cover) to learn all kinds of different Polish names and words. It is always fun learning a new language and what words they use to describe certain things. They share different names for boys, girls, special family nicknames, different foods, activities, and so much more! The author even includes all the words in the back of the book with the pronunciation (how to say the words) so you can learn some Polish with your family too! Like most languages, there is a formal (how you speak to adults or strangers) and informal (how you speak to family and friends) way of saying words. In the video below, you and your parent or guardian can learn how to say different phrases in Polish. 

It is fun to feel like I am on a real tour of Poland with the children as I read along. They take you along to the grocery store, famous sites, and celebrations, so you get a good feeling of what it is like there. This makes learning so much more fun, doesn't it?

One of my favorite things about Poland is all the snow! I have never seen snow in person before. It clearly doesn't snow in the tropical rainforest of Sumatra where I live. So getting to see what snow looks like and learn about all the sports you can play was so much fun.  I hope I get to try out sledding one day with Ayu, my big sister. I'd love to race her and see who is faster in the snow! Does it snow where you live?

It was also interesting to learn that Poland has a Children's Day called Dzien (Jen Jet-ska) that is celebrated on June 1st. I remember sharing my experience of Children's Day in South Korea for on May 5th in one of my travel blogs. That is the same day it is celebrated in Japan as well. It was fascinating to learn that Children's Day in Poland is similar to South Korea, where kids are celebrated and get to play and enjoy fun activities and delicious treats. In Poland the children are given gifts and chocolate and enjoy exciting outdoor activities at school. I also learned that in Poland, some lucky kids get to be part of the government's parliament (par-lee-ment) or sejm (same) to learn about and talk about world issues. That's a great way for kids to learn how adults run the country and empower them to see how they can make positive changes in the world. 

I enjoyed learning how life would be like if I lived In Poland, and hope to visit this interesting country one day. I hope you learn something as well and enjoyed my book review for Multicultural Children's Book Day 2020. Don't miss my other book review of Carole P. Roman's series as I journey to India. Hope you enjoy, friends!

If you are interested in this book, ask your parents or guardian to check it out on Amazon. The author also has a website you can visit with permission of your parent and guardian to learn more about her other books.

Thanks for reading and exploring this great book with me!

Pa pa (goodbye) friends!

-Joy Sun Bear

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020 (1/31/20) is in its 7th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators. 

Seven years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues.

MCBD 2020  is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board

Super Platinum

Make A Way Media/ Deirdre “DeeDee” Cummings,


Language Lizard, Pack-N-Go Girls,


Audrey Press, Lerner Publishing Group, KidLit TV, ABDO BOOKS : A Family of Educational Publishers, PragmaticMom & Sumo Jo, Candlewick Press,


Author Charlotte Riggle, Capstone Publishing, Guba Publishing, Melissa Munro Boyd & B is for Breathe,


Author Carole P. Roman, Snowflake Stories/Jill Barletti, Vivian Kirkfield & Making Their Voices Heard. Barnes Brothers Books,  TimTimTom, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee & Low Books,  Charlesbridge Publishing, Barefoot Books Talegari Tales

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Jerry Craft, A.R. Bey and Adventures in Boogieland, Eugina Chu & Brandon goes to Beijing, Kenneth Braswell & Fathers Incorporated, Maritza M. Mejia & Luz del mes_Mejia, Kathleen Burkinshaw & The Last Cherry Blossom, SISSY GOES TINY by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard, Josh Funk and HOW TO CODE A ROLLERCOASTER, Maya/Neel Adventures with Culture Groove,  Lauren Ranalli, The Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic! By Dr. Sharon Chappell, Phe Lang and Me On The Page, Afsaneh Moradian and Jamie is Jamie, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, TUMBLE CREEK PRESS, Nancy Tupper Ling, Author Gwen Jackson, Angeliki Pedersen & The Secrets Hidden Beneath the Palm Tree, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 by Mia Wenjen, Susan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay Fletcher (Founders of Inner Flower Child Books), Ann Morris & Do It Again!/¡Otra Vez!, Janet Balletta and Mermaids on a Mission to Save the Ocean, Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo & Bruna Bailando por el Mundo\ Dancing Around the World, Shoumi Sen & From The Toddler Diaries, Sarah Jamila Stevenson, Tonya Duncan and the Sophie Washington Book Series, Teresa Robeson  & The Queen of Physics, Nadishka Aloysius and Roo The Little Red TukTuk, Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore & Stories by the Girlfriends Book Club, Finding My Way Books, Diana Huang & Intrepids, Five Enchanted Mermaids, Elizabeth Godley and Ribbon’s Traveling Castle, Anna Olswanger and Greenhorn, Danielle Wallace & My Big Brother Troy, Jocelyn Francisco and Little Yellow Jeepney, Mariana Llanos & Kutu, the Tiny Inca Princess/La Ñusta Diminuta, Sara Arnold & The Big Buna Bash, Roddie Simmons & Race 2 Rio, DuEwa Frazier & Alice’s Musical Debut, Veronica Appleton & the Journey to Appleville book series  Green Kids Club, Inc.

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

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A Crafty Arab, Afsaneh Moradian, Agatha Rodi Books, All Done Monkey, Barefoot Mommy, Bethany Edward & Biracial Bookworms, Michelle Goetzl & Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms Share, Colours of Us, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Educators Spin on it, Shauna Hibbitts-creator of eNannylink, Growing Book by Book, Here Wee Read, Joel Leonidas & Descendant of Poseidon Reads {Philippines}, Imagination Soup, Kid World Citizen, Kristi’s Book Nook, The Logonauts, Mama Smiles, Miss Panda Chinese, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Serge Smagarinsky {Australia}, Shoumi Sen, Jennifer Brunk & Spanish Playground, Katie Meadows and Youth Lit Reviews

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2 thoughts on “Poland: If You Were Me and Lived in Poland”

  1. We are so excited to travel with you, Joy Sun Bear! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us and the kids around the world. Thank you for being a part of the Multicultural Children’s Book day! We love your global education work and we are looking forward to reading more here!

    1. You are very welcome! It is our pleasure to share the world with children, families and classrooms. Glad you enjoyed and appreciate your feedback.

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