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Me, Myselfie & I: A Cautionary Tale
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Me, Myselfie & I is another charming, knowing picture book by the team of actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis and illustrator Laura Cornell. This one pokes fun at a smartphone-obsessed mom who's constantly snapping and posting selfies and photos of her kids, who eventually get her to put her phone away. It could open up discussions about appropriate, family-friendly smartphone use and how some behaviors get in the way of family fun and true connection.
What's the story?
Kids who want their "old-fashioned" mom to be more modern give her a smartphone for her birthday, and before long all she cares about is ME, MYSELFIE & I. She becomes obsessed with taking and posting selfies and pictures of her kids and their activities. Finally her daughter stops "the madness" and says, "No more, Mom, we're through."
Is it any good?
This funny book about a selfie-obsessed mom will speak to many parents who could stand to moderate their smartphone use. Kids will get a kick out of Me, Myself & I with Lauren Cornell's antic illustrations of a mom snapping photos of her kids everywhere, from the grocery store to ski practice. The focus is on the parent, but young readers will enjoy seeing a kid be the hero by curbing the mom's out-of-control, misguided behavior.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how cell phone use is portrayed in Me, Myselfie & I. How much is too much? How does always taking pictures affect family life?
Have you thought about having device-free dinner? How would family time be different if no one was on their cell phone?
How do you feel about having your parents post pictures of you online? Is it fun or does it make you uncomfortable sometimes? Do you feel like they do it too much?
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