I Remember When... is written by Dawn Wynne. She happens to live in Southern California, where I grew up.
When this picture book arrived, my children wanted to read it right away. So, we did. Even though they are 7, 5, and 3, they all enjoyed touching the book and turning the plastic dial on the phone. I explained to them what each of the items on the pages were and how they were used. I also shared with them which ones we have or friends have. I just lent my friend my film camera and my mom still types with her typewriter. We just visited my mother in law's house where there is a rotary dial phone. One of my friends just bought a record player. Many of my friends actually do hang their laundry out to dry. I do realize that for many children all of the things in this book will be foreign to them. My family and friends may be a bit unusual.
On Dawn's website, she has pictures of a storytime she did. She read the book and brought in a clothesline, washboard, record player, and other things people used to use. I think this would be a wonderful idea for a teacher or librarian who wanted to read this book. It would bring the book to life for children to see the pictures and then have the opportunity to actually see how a record player works.
The illustrations are done in a very contemporary style of illustration. My husband and children liked them. I have to admit that I like more traditional styles of illustration. The pictures do a good job of bringing the story to life.
If you are a grandma or parent and you want to talk with your young child about how life was in the 50s and 60s, then this would be a good book to read with them! And if you happen to live in Southern Cal, check Dawn's website, www.dawnwynne.com, for her storytime appearances.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for review.