#BabyLove: My Toddler Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh
My Toddler Life is the newest illustrated children’s book in the #BabyLove series from author and illustrator Corine Dehghanpisheh. It tells the story of a little boy who loves paint, play with toys, learn new words, and make a lot of noise. The narrator tells us how the little boy loves to have his mother take his photograph to share with all of their family and friends via social media. A smart phone is featured throughout the story, depicting the child and his mother as they capture all of his fun activities. The story then moves on to a point where the little boy is alone, and decides to take his mother’s phone without permission. He plays with the device and snaps selfies when no one is looking, but it’s not long before his mother finds him and realizes what he is doing. She tells him that the phone is not for him to play with, but instead shows him all of the fun things they have captured on the device, as they flip through photos and videos they’ve taken previously. The mother tells the little boy how much these special moments mean to her, and how much she loves him, before putting down the phone so they can play together.
In an age where social media and smart phones seem to constantly be a part of our daily lives, this beautifully illustrated children’s book succeeds at creating a realistic picture of how toddlers are captured in today’s world. The way the images of the little boy are filtered through the camera’s screen makes the illustrations really stand out, and the story tackles the content in a fun and imaginative way. While the narrative itself is well organized and written in witty prose, the author perhaps could have gone even farther with the moral, suggesting that at times it’s important to not let the phone overtake our lives. This is hinted at in the end, but a stronger emphasis could have shown children that sometimes it’s important just to have fun, regardless of whether or not your activities are being captured. Nevertheless, this is a very special book that parents of today are sure to get a kick out of, just as the children who read it are bound to enjoy it too. We hope that the author continues writing books for this fantastic series.
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