- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Paperback: 36 pages
- Publisher: Tracy Bryan Publishing (April 30, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692700889
- ISBN-13: 978-0692700884
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,979,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Put Away Your Phone! Paperback – April 30, 2016
When a visit to the zoo shows people on their phones everywhere, Emma decides to count the offenders - and during her passion to observe and confront others' inattention, she finds herself separated from her parents. What to do?
Put Away Your Phone! lends to parental read-aloud and will appeal to picture book readers with good reading skills as it follows Emma's realistic world and how she comes to view it differently.
It's a fine example of coming to terms with one's environment and it provides engaging color drawings by David Barrow as it moves beyond the challenge of a phone-dominated world and into how a child's viewpoint and righteous indignation can be funneled into more positive methods of handling life.
Kids and adults will find it a delightful read that takes a modern dilemma and views it from a new perspective, offering lessons for cell phone users and nonusers alike that teaches new emotional management skills for tackling life's annoyances and challenges.
Bravo! It is wonderful to read a book that relays a message which so many people want to scream and shout about. These days, it is impossible to walk down the street safely any more without worrying that somebody who is looking at their phone might walk into you, ride their bike into you, or even hit you with their car because of their smartphone! Tracy Bryan's imagination in using a child's frustrations to vent to the world is a genius method of getting that message across. Smartphones seem to have taken over people's lives, replacing their computers, books, internet providers, cameras and more. I support Emma's plight in changing their name to dumbphones. In the event of an emergency, it is near impossible to grab somebody's attention when they are fully absorbed in what is going on inside their phone. I very much enjoyed Put Away Your Phone! and feel that it should not only be read by younger readers, but also by everybody who owns a tablet or smartphone, in the hopes that it might remind them that there is a world outside their phone that misses them.
About the Author
Tracy Bryan is an award winning author for kids aged 4-12. She writes whimsical non-fiction picture books about emotions, coping skills, mental health and mindfulness. Tracy also likes to tackle social issues and speak directly to her readers about important topics that affect everyone. Tracy hopes to educate, inspire and empower kids and their families with her books. Tracy writes a monthly personal Blog for adults on her website (tracybryan.com) and one for kids aged 6-12 called The Awesomeness Blog. Follow her on Facebook , Twitter , Goodreads & Amazon. To learn more about Tracy or contact her, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website tracybryan.com.
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The art work goes perfectly with the story. This artist needs to be used more often. The pictures are so very whimsical and expressive. Loved them. Good job to the author and artist.
In Short: This is a super cute children's book that teaches both children and adults, the importance of giving your family your time and your undivided attention. Emma just wanted her parents to pay attention during her ballet classes and when on family outings, but they were always on their phones!
Pros: I love the artwork, it is really awesome. The moral of the book is great. The moral may seem a little more geared toward parents than the kids the book is intended for, however it is good to start teaching kids at a young age how to be respectful and how to not hurt people's feelings when they reach the age where they have their own smart phones. This new digital age has created a new need to learn some social skills regarding when it is and isn't appropriate to be messing around on your phone. Even without a phone it is still important for kids to remember to pay attention to others when they are trying to spend time or communicate with them. It is also important for families to spend quality time together and show they care by giving proper attention. I loved how the book ended. Emma set some boundaries for her parents and got them to see how upset it made her that they were always preoccupied with their phones. If you have a friend who has children and also an addiction to their smartphone this could be a funny and maybe even eye-opening gift for them! It is also great for any child to help them have good social skills.
Cons: I have no issues with this book.
I was given a free copy of this book in return for my honest review. Full review at ODBookReviews.blogspot.com
And that’s what Emma does in this story. On a trip to the zoo, she decides to count the number of people who were on their phone. As the number increases, her saying of “Put Away Your Phone!” gets louder and more noticeable. By the end, she shouts it to the world: “Put Away Your Phone!” Wise words we should all live by every now and then. I mean, c’mon, people!
“Smartphones should be called Dumbphones.” Funny and cute!
Illustrations were colorful and showed Emma in wild and animated gestures, clearly making her the focal point. I loved the animals’ expressions and gestures as Emma got more and more frustrated. Yeah, the animals didn’t get it either.
Eventually she comes to realize how vital phones can be in an emergency.
A fun, relatable children’s story with a rewarding message!
A good lesson for adults just as much as children. Pay attention to your kids because your time with them is precious!
I received a free copy of this book and that is my honest review.