With a long and slightly tongue-twisting title like that, it is sure to catch the interest of both children and parents alike. Patricia Polacco is known for her children’s books, which can run both the warm and sentimental route to the giggly and silly. But so often kids find solace is the glow of the television. In that case, what can parents to do get them back into reading? Trying out Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair might not be such a bad idea.
In the town of Triple Creek, all the townspeople love to watch television. After all, there’s so much on to enjoy! All day long, people enjoy watching television and all the shows offered on it, even Aunt Chip’s young nephew. She, however, refuses to own a television. People think that makes her a bit strange; what’s so wrong with watching television?
Aunt Chip knows. The people of Triple Creek watch so much TV that they have actually forgotten how to read! Yikes! So she decides now is the time for some drastic measures and finds a way to shut down TV to the entire town! Now, the townspeople have to get back into reading – and they have to use all the books that they have transformed into other things over the years. From stairs to a huge dam, the books come down one at a time into the hands of the townspeople. Aunt Chip has shown them that magic can be found in a book, not just the television.
Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair is a unique take on the merits of reading as well as the age-old question of how much TV should one person watch? Polacco uses a quirky story to bring the question about, using her
pencil and coloring techniques to illustrate the story. Kids will love it when the TV tower comes crashing down, and some may even be a little sad when they see how some of the books are being used by the townspeople. Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair can help reignite a child’s love for reading, something that both kids and adults can get behind.