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#BabyLove: My Toddler Life (Volume 2) Paperback – September 20, 2016
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"Dehghanpisheh's illustrations and text are simple, colorful and charming, and many families will relate to the question of how, and how much, to integrate technology into their child's day. #BabyLove: My Toddler Life is a fun and timely picture book for 21st century preschoolers." ~ BlueInk Review
"This light-hearted reflection on social media habits is a great tool for starting discussions with young children." ~ Foreword Clarion Reviews
"This poignant and entertaining taleabout a playful toddler aimed at young lap readers works on a much deeper levelfor parents." ~ Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
About the Author
Corine's fourth book, #BabyLove: My Toddler Life is now available. It is the 2nd book in her #BabyLove Book Series. Her first book in the series, #BabyLove: My Social Life is the Next Generation Indie Book Award winner (Picture Books 0-5). Corine's inspirations for writing and illustrating come from everyday life. When Corine is not busy being creative, she is most likely having fun taking pictures of her daughter and husband in Dallas, Texas. Her debut children's book Can We Play Again? is a Mom's Choice Awards® Silver Recipient and a Next Generation Indie Author Finalist. The inspiration for this book came from her work as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NYC. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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In, My Toddler Life, the toddler is doing all the things a little child should be doing. Painting, reading, playing, and whilst mum is present she is not playing with him but taking his photo, and video recording him. Each page has the image of the phone, and you can see what the toddler is doing via the screen.
When mum puts the phone down, the toddler decides he wants to play with it and starts takes selfies, etc. He is only copying what mum has been doing.
Whilst it is great that parents want to capture their child’s early life at every opportunity, what is happening is that you see that child through the screen on your phone, not the actual child right in front of you. Also, whilst you may be present in the room, you are not interacting, getting down to your child’s level and just playing together.
In futures to come there will be a generation of children that will be able to look back on their childhood via a series of photos and videos, but not by memories made together with their families.
Although this is a children’s picture book, the message is purely for adults. Yes, the child takes his mum’s phone, but the book isn’t about him taking the phone, but more about why he has taken it – He wants to be just like mum, he sees it as the norm.
It is a lovely, brightly coloured book with a wonderful message, that hopefully will come across loud and clear, ‘Put down your phone and play with your child’. Believe me, time goes so fast and they won’t be little for long.
Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
Told in rhymes, the story shows that kids will do what they see modeled. In this case, the wide-eyed toddler picks-up Mommy's phone and takes more than a few selfies. It is always amazing that even the littlest children figure out how to use our grown-up devices (and often more proficiently). Author Corine Dehghanpisheh does a great job of driving the point home.
Bright, colorful, and expressive illustrations -- all done by the author -- carry the story forward in an engaging way. The pages are full color with very little white space, the illustrations aren't fussy, and the font is fun, resulting in an overall look that will encourage kids to study the words an images. Children are as fascinated by smart phones as adults, so the way many of the pages are framed as if looking through a phone's camera screen will be fun and funny to them.
The story is well written and well edited (though I am curious about the symbol used for "and" on the cover/cover page -- I have only seen the reverse of it before. Anyone?) Like its predecessor, #BabyLove: My Toddler Life is equally suited for kids and adults; there are lessons for all ages. I especially recommend it as a parent/child read-aloud or read-along.
Thank you to Book Publicity Services for providing me a lovely print copy in exchange for my honest opinion -- the only kind I give. Full review and other features on my blog kristinehallways.blogspot.com
I have lots to do,
Like counting, coloring
And painting too...
Playing with toys
Learning new words,
And making noise!"
Sounds like a typical busy toddler! In the illustrations we see a happy little man splatting with paint, leafing through his books and noisily playing with his drum set. Mommy is missing though. She's not there for the play and exploration, instead she's busy capturing all of these moments on her phone.
While the text says "We record our fun for friends to see" it's not until Mommy decides to take a selfie that she and her son spend a few moments together. Up until then, Mommy has been observing the play instead of joining in.This proud and doting parent has snapped and recorded all of her son's busy activities and while he is playing with his toys, Mommy is right there playing with her phone.
So, this little toddler can't be blamed for thinking of Mommy's phone as a play item. Later, when she' s out of sight, he decides to investigate & take a few selfies. Needles to say, Mommy is not impressed when she discovers this & finds her phone on the floor.
Mother and son then sit down together looking at the selfies and all the other videos and photographs Mommy has saved as treasured moments. We see the little boy as a baby sitting in his highchair & crawling on a mat, fun in the playground and a trip to the zoo.
Mommy realizes that time is passing quickly and while her saved images are special, her little boy is growing up fast! With this, mother and son share a hug, Mommy's phone is set aside and both begin to play together.
As you can see from the photos, my little moomin really enjoyed this book. The illustrations are rich and colourful and the round faced characters have big eyes and expressive faces. He was able to recognise all the activities within the pictures, describing the little boy with his books, building blocks, painting & playing music. There's also a cute pet dog in many of the pages- he gets some paint splatted on his ears, raises his paw for a photo and even looks sad when his toddler friend is being scolded for playing with Mommy's phone. My son enjoyed this doggy character, commenting on his activity through the story.
The story makes for a lovely rhythmic read, with a few lines per page- just the right amount for a young child's attention. As my son will be at preschool in a few months, I like to draw his attention to text by pointing out words as I read. The text is a good size and clearly set against the colourful background.
Overall, #Baby Love : My Toddler Life is a nice read- toddlers will relate to the attractive pictures and play, while adults will relate to the proud parent , eagerly capturing special childhood moments. I would have liked if the book ended with a few more images of mother and son playing together, giving more emphasis to together time. Either way, the book delivers an important reminder to parents: yes, it's wonderfully convenient to have our phones at hand to capture moments, but it's just as important to put our devices to one side and join in with the fun. Photographs are a great reminder of special times, but playing with your child creates special memories for him- that warm and loving experience can never be captured on a phone!
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