- Author and Illustrator: Corine Dehghanpisheh
- Published: September 2016 by My Art to Inspire
- Category: Children’s Picture Book
A curious toddler loves to play…especially with his mommy’s smartphone! When Mommy finds him using her phone without permission, it’s the perfect teaching moment. Mommy reminds her little one that what matters most in life is time together filled with love and attention. Her simple reminder: Put down our phones.
This is a lovely book and perfect for adults and children to read together. The rhyming text is easy for children to follow and the bright and colourful illustrations are fun and engaging.
Told from the toddler’s point of view, it highlights the pros and cons of technology in today’s parenting. As the young toddler is playing and learning, mommy is snapping away on her phone and posting pictures, ending with a selfie of #mommyandme. The illustrations are cleverly depicted as photographs on the phone’s screen.
When mommy puts the phone down the toddler finds it and starts taking his own pictures, which is understandable when he’s seen mommy doing it.
When no one is looking,
I find mommy’s phone
It’s not mine; I should
leave it alone.
I like the way the text is a gentle reminder for the toddler that the phone is mommy’s and not for playing with. And when she and her toddler look through all the pictures together, mommy realises how quickly time passes and sometimes it’s more important to spend time doing enjoyable things together instead of just recording them on her phone to share with other people.
We put down the phone and start to play.
A timely reminder to try and find the right balance and not to let technology and social media override important relationships.
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About Corine Dehghanpisheh
Corine Dehghanpisheh is an award winning author, whose own family life serves as inspiration for her fun and engaging children’s books. She holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Arts Therapy & Creative Development from Pratt Institute in New York City.
Ms. Dehghanpisheh currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her family. There she continues to write the #BabyLove series, focused on the blending of modern technologies with classically familiar child raising situations.
The 2nd book in the series #BabyLove: My Toddler Life is now available along with #BabyLove: My Social Life, which is a Next Generation Indie Book Awards winner.
Her debut children’s book Can We Play Again? is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient and a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist for her debut children’s book Can We Play Again? Corine’s inspiration for this book came from her work as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NYC.