Here we have a lovely picture book from the early 1990s about how to use a telephone. I like the cute format, and much of the advice is still pretty good. However, children might not recognize these devices as telephones if they haven’t grown up in a house with a landline.
I also think there should be more conversation about safety, especially when answering calls. This book seems to focus mostly on making calls, not taking them, but a child should be taught to never tell a caller that they are home alone or what their last name is.
The idea of “long distance” calls has changed quite a bit and should be discussed too. When I was a kid and we called my grandparents long distance, we knew we’d better make it quick because it was COSTING A FORTUNE AND MONEY DOESN’T GROW ON TREES, YA KNOW AND WHO DO YOU THINK IS PAYING FOR THIS?
Maybe this book would be a good way to teach staff how to take a good phone message, though. “Some guy called about an ebook” doesn’t really cut it.