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Unplugged: Ella Gets Her Family Back

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In today's wired world, while many debate the ever-present nature of electronic devices, most will agree that learning to manage this technology is an essential task. With many parents confessing they are "addicted" to their smart phones, this is not an easy task. Finding a balance for today's families requires thought, conversation, and some trial and error. Unplugged is ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 10th 2012 by Tilbury House Publishers (first published October 7th 2012)
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Katie Fitzgerald
Ella misses the days when her family used to spend time together without constant interruptions from texts, video games, iPods, and laptops, so she confiscates her family’s gadgets in an effort to do something about it.

Penny Weber’s illustrations of Ella and her family tell us a lot about where they live and how they interact. Facial expressions convey Ella’s excitement over playing Hangman with her brother, her disappointment when she learns there won’t be blueberry waffles for breakfast, and h
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Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ella misses spending time with her family. Everyone seems to be ignoring each other because they are all plugged in to whatever electronic thing they have. Her brother has his video games, her dad has his computer and her mom and sister have their phones. Ella has had enough and decides to unplug her family!

Why I liked this book – I love the message of this book! It is well-told in the story. I like Ella’s cleverness and creativity. She probably has it because she is not plugged in! All families
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Rea
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Laura Pedersen is addressing a vital topic in a way both accessible to children and thought-provoking for adults. It is all about our absorption with electronic devices - smartphones, pcs, consoles. I confess I look at the book partly in a professional way too. I have worked with children for 26 years now and in all those years I have never come across a book quite like UNPLUGGED before. It is a children's book, a picture book, written and made to entertain. At the same time it is educational. R ...more
Barbara
Ella is fed up with her family. Everyone used to enjoy spending time together, but now it seems as though her siblings and parents are so preoccupied with all their tech devices that no one has time for her or for each other. In a flash of brilliance, she decides to confiscate all their chargers and small devices to make her point. They get the message, and the concluding pages show how one family reserves family time and decides to go unplugged for a short period each week. The illustrations sh ...more
Sarah
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Other than the fact that a young girl Ella's age would NEVER use the phrase "before you all got so plugged in," nor even the word "unplugged," I loved this story. It was a great book to discuss the influence technology has on our social relationships on our lives with young children. While there are many books out there on this topic, this one is my favorite. It gets its point across directly and concicsely, without being too abstract nor too preachy, which is the fault of many other similar b ...more
Dena (Batch of Books)
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I love it when books exceed my expectations. And this one did. Surprisingly, the story didn't come off as overly preachy. It was well written and concise. I love the idea of unplugging from devices at mealtime so that the family can connect. I also love the way Ella confronts her problems head on instead of waiting for someone else to do it for her.

The illustrations were okay. I didn't hate them, but I didn't absolutely love them either. I really didn't have strong feelings about the artwork ei
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Gretchen Ingram
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I wasn't expecting a picture book- but it's a great picture book! I haven't decided yet if I'm going to selfishly keep it or give it to my local elementary school so that many kids may enjoy it as much as I did.

Of course, I could always buy the school another copy....
April
I received a copy free through Goodreads First Reads.

This was a really cute story about unplugging and connecting!! Kids will like it and grown ups can learn a valuable lesson from it!!

Beautiful illustrations!! My Nice is in love with it and I may never see my copy again!
Claudia
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
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Poignant story of how all our electrical devices can separate us as a family
Laura
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I absolutely adore this book! Everyone needs to unplug at times and this is a great little story.
Shelley
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK. I WILL SEND IT TO MY NIECES. I WON BOOK FROM GOODREAD.
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the story was nice. The pictures were eh. I like that it is a multicultural family.
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Laura Pedersen was born in Buffalo, New York (one of "God's frozen people") in 1965, at the height of The Folk Music Scare. (For details of misspent youth see essay at 'Is there a Nurse in the Church?'). After finishing high school in 1983 she moved to Manhattan and began working on The American Stock Exchange, a time when showing up combined with basic computation skills could be parlayed into a ...more