Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Review: #BabyLove: My Toddler Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh + Interview

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Rating: G
Genre: Children's
Score: ❤❤❤❤
Page Count: 36
Publisher: My Art To Inspire
Published: September 20th, 2016

In #BabyLove: My Toddler Life, a new children’s picture book by Corine Dehghanpisheh, 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.

#BabyLove: My Toddler Life is the second book in Corine’s #BabyLove Book Series.  The first book in the series, #BabyLove: My Social Life, won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Picture Books 0-5.

Rating:
PROS:
1. Special thanks to the publisher for sending me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! When I was first contacted to review this little guy, I was actually a little excited. I think children's books are so fun to read, even though I don't actually read a lot of them, but I've been wanting to review more children's books to add to my selection of book reviews. I know that not everyone reads YA or NA books, but a lot of people also don't read children's books. I'm always wanting to expand my catalog of reviews to cover all genres and age ranges so this book seemed like a good place to start. Whether you're looking for a book to read to a little tot or simply curious about this children's book, I'm excited to review it for you all. 

2. I think this book talks about a pretty important topic that is taking the world by storm: social media. It's normal to have one or more social media platforms that you check in on every day, multiple times a day. If you're like me, you have more than one social media platform and tend to pay attention to all of them throughout the day, even checking your likes, comments, or followers without realizing it. It's easy to get so caught up in social media and miss the little happy moments because we're so busy trying to capture that moment in a picture or video to share with the world. This book takes a look at a mom who is constantly filming or snapping pictures on her phone of her baby to capture the moments but also showing that some moments need to be experienced without a camera in your hand. 

3. I think this book is a great lesson for kids and parents, showing us all that while social media is a fun way to take a load off after a long day, is can also make us miss out on the full effect of living in the moment. Kids are naturally curious about devices such as tablets and smartphones, especially when they see the people around them constantly using them. The book shows a baby being curious about the device, playing with it, and having a not so good outcome when the device gets damaged. We get to see the baby playing with mom's phone, her realizing that he's only following her example, and the mom seeing that maybe she should keep her phone away a little more often. All these points and valuable lessons teach both kids and parents that the world isn't just on a little five-inch screen. 

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

Q #1: What inspired you to write this book?
Being a mom of a toddler inspired the writing and illustrations of my book.  As a mother first, I find it necessary to be mindful of my phone and overall screen time throughout the day.  

Since I work from home, I use my computer and phone regularly.  Some days are easier than others in finding the right balance.  It's difficult to explain to a toddler that Mommy is working.  She doesn’t fully understand the difference between personal and work time.  She just sees me using technology and not playing with her.

Q #2: Do you feel this book takes on an important topic that people need to be aware of?
I do believe that the book takes on an important and very relevant topic of parenting into today’s digital world.  Finding balance, making the best social media decisions, and leading by example is a constant challenge. 

As a parent, I know I want to create lasting memories.  Sometimes that means documenting a moment in a photograph or video to either keep private or share on a social platform. 

At other times, I don’t want to ruin a moment by trying to capture it with a recording or picture.  I just want to experience the entire moment including the feelings and smells and truly live it.

I think it is important to teach our children how to balance technology in life.  It’s getting more and more challenging as technology, and our connectivity continues to evolve.   

Q #3: Do you think social media is good or bad on some levels?
As with most things in life, there is always good and bad on some levels.  I don’t think social media is all good or all bad.  There are definite pros and cons.

An advantage of social media is using it to keep up with close friends and family.  We live away from our family and most of our close friends.  So, it is nice to see what’s going on with those we love, and they know what is going on with us at least on a surface level of course. 

I also find that social media can be positive for businesses.  I use it regularly to share information about my books.

Of course, there are also many negative aspects to social media such a bullying, security, and lack of in-person socialization and living in the moment. 


Q #4: Would you say people spend too much time on social media?
I can’t say that all individuals spend too much time on social media.  I am sure there are some who waste too much time or put too much value on the data of each post or their total number of friends. 

My hope is that most people enjoy a secure and balanced existence with social media.

Q #5: What is one thing you hope to accomplish with your children's books?
My first hope is that people enjoy the books. 

Secondly, I hope that the books start conversations and discussions at home or in schools.  Technology and social media is part of our daily lives.  At the same time, it is important to be mindful of our technology use and of what we are teaching our children. 

Q #6: What is your favorite social media platform?
At this time, my favorite social media platform is Instagram.  I am a visual person so it’s more in-tune with what I enjoy- pictures, short videos, little text.

Having said that, I do use multiple platforms including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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I hope you all enjoyed this book review! Read on, bookworms! See you in the next chapter!

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