Reading to kids is so important. I know schools and nurseries push and push to encourage you to read to them because it is proven as one of the most important activities to aid their development. I won’t lie, I don’t read to the girls as much as I should. We used to read together all the time but not so much anymore, so when the opportunity arrived to review a new book for toddlers I jumped at the chance.
My Toddler Life is a book by Corine Dahghanpisheh which follows the day in the life of a toddler. The final moral of the story… Put your phone down. This is Corine’s second book in her #BabyLove series.
“This light-hearted reflection on social media habits is a great tool for starting discussions with young children.” – 5 Stars, Foreword Reviews
“#BabyLove: My Toddler Life is a fun and timely picture book for 21st century preschoolers.” – BlueInk Review
“The lyrical way in which the story is told keeps the subject light while reminding the audience (adults and children alike) the importance of play time over screen time.” – Eileen Caulfield
“With simple rhyming phrases and the author’s enticing illustrations, the volume should surely appeal to young readers, who have almost certainly been told not to play with a parent’s phone. But the book works on another level as well: the boy teaches his mother a valuable lesson about mindfulness. After perusing the old photos, she tells her son: “These moments with you, / I love and treasure.” This stirring story reminds busy parents that even though those photos they take show how much they love their children, there’s joy and wonder in leaving the technology behind. This poignant and entertaining tale about a playful toddler aimed at young lap readers works on a much deeper level for parents.” – Kirkus
I am the worst at being on my phone too much so I just had to read this book. The young toddler plays games throughout the book and then when his mummy isn’t looking he picks up her phone and starts playing with that. When she finds out what he has been up to they talk about why he shouldn’t touch her phone without asking. Then they take a look through the phone and see all the pictures he has taken before the Mum puts her phone down and spends some quality, uninterrupted time playing with her son.
The story really got me thinking. I do take a lot of photos but I definitely don’t take as many as I used to. Putting my phone down more often helps keep me in the moment and genuinely involved with the girls. The overall message of the book is important in this age of growing dependance on technology.
Along this message there are some equally important lessons to pass on to the toddler. He did touch something he knew he shouldn’t without permission and he was rightly expected to apologise. The item touched is almost irrelevant for me, I have always tried to teach my children to respect the property of others, to ask before touching. Even if you don’t understand the value of something doesn’t mean it isn’t priceless to someone else. Now I am not saying my phone is priceless… In fact Apple put a very heavy price tag on my phone. In my house my girls can, on occasion, play with my phone. However, it is always under strict supervision. I don’t worry too much about them posting some random picture to Facebook or Instagram. Nor do I worry about them calling a random contact in my phone who’s number I probably should have deleted years ago. What I do worry about is the ease with which they can get hold of the emergency services. I mean…. I could really do without that!
Corine has also illustrated the book herself. Each page is bright and colourful. The illustrations are beautifully simple and eye catching. They are perfect to keep the attention of any toddler.
I would say this book is perfect for kids from ages 6 months to 2/3 years. Trixie particularly loved this book and I, of course, had to read it to her over and over.
Now on to one of the best parts! I have been given the chance to offer one of my readers the chance to win one of these books for themselves!
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- Only one winner will be selected at random from all valid entries.
- No cash or other alternative will be offered.
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- The closing date is Monday 7th August at 23:59 (GMT).
- All entrants must be aged 18 or over.
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*I was provided a book to review, as always all thoughts are my own.