Early this week, this Kenyan flag and copy of Carole P. Roman's new book, "If You Were Me and Lived in . . . Kenya," appeared on my desk. The book is part of a series teaching kids about foreign countries and cultures.

Just a quick look through, and I learned Nairobi, Kenya's capital, is the Maasai word for "cold water," and the currency is shillings. The book uses a second person narrative to show kids what their lives might be like growing up in Kenya, including the geography, wildlife, education and entertainment. The pictures—bright, happy and fun..

The "If You Were Me and Lived In . . ." series, recommended for children pre-K to 8 years old, also includes Mexico, South Korea, France and Norway. But after a full read, I'm partial to the Kenya book. The flag's now proudly displayed above my desk.

Carole P. Roman is also the author of the award winning "Captain No Beard—An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life."