Hello again! Day 2 of my summer book blogging. The two books I’m sharing today are both connected by theme – and it’s a worthwhile theme to explore in this generation of gadgets!
Hello! Hello! by Matthew Cordell is about a little girl named Lydia. She says “hello” to everyone in their family, but they are all immersed in texting or television or laptops to pay much attention. She decides to go outside to say hello to the world – “hello rocks”, “hello trees”. After a while, she goes back home to share her adventures with her family. I think this is a great book to remind children and adults to put down their gadgets and get outside and enjoy the world around them, along with each other. Lots of connections here!
Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino has a similar theme. Doug is a robot. His parents want him to be smart, so each morning they plug him in and start the information download. After a morning spent learning facts about the city, Doug decides he could learn even more about the city by going outside and exploring it. So Doug . . . unplugs. Doug learns amazing things by doing and seeing and touching and listening and most importantly, by interacting with a new friend. This book is funny and imaginative but we can all infer the message that experiencing the world in person is far more interesting than being “plugged in”!