Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair

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How much TV is too much TV? Welcome to Triple Creek, where the townspeople watch TV day and night. They watch it when they're eating, working, playing, and sleeping. They even use TVs to teach the kids at school. But when Eli's eccentric Aunt Chip (who refuses to own a TV) discovers that her nephew and her neighbors don't remember how to read, she pulls the plug on the whole town?using books that have been piled high to build a dam to spread the magic of reading all around.

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Overview

How much TV is too much TV? Welcome to Triple Creek, where the townspeople watch TV day and night. They watch it when they're eating, working, playing, and sleeping. They even use TVs to teach the kids at school. But when Eli's eccentric Aunt Chip (who refuses to own a TV) discovers that her nephew and her neighbors don't remember how to read, she pulls the plug on the whole town?using books that have been piled high to build a dam to spread the magic of reading all around.

Aunt Chip saves the town of Triple Creek, where everyone has forgotten how to read because of the invasion of television.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
It's finally happened, the townspeople are so hooked on TV that they have forgotten how to read and enjoy life. In this cautionary tale, Polacco warns of the perils of too much TV and presents the joy and liberation that reading provides. The illustrations on every spread are a sheer delight-we see the town and the adults transform from couch potatoes to vibrant active participants in life and the arts. A great message from a master storyteller.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4-A cautionary tale that will appeal to anyone who believes in the power and magic of books. When the town of Triple Creek first built a huge TV tower, Aunt Chip took to her bed, promising, "there will be consequences." Now, 50 years later, the townspeople are so obsessed with their televisions that they are oblivious to everything else. Of course, people still "use" books-as furniture, to fix crumbling walls, to patch up tattered roofs-but no one knows how to read. Finally, Aunt Chip, who used to be the town librarian, pops out of bed to do something about it. Beginning with her nephew, Eli, she teaches the children to read. Hungry for books, they take them from wherever they can be found. When Eli and his friends pluck a copy of Moby Dick from the dam, they unleash a wall of water that destroys the TV tower and changes the future of the town. A master storyteller, Polacco flavors this modern fable with the language and cadence of a traditional tall tale. Filled with amusing details, interesting characters, and unexpected twists, this enjoyable story clearly makes its point without seeming heavy-handed. In perfect harmony with the text, the illustrations add dimension and resonance to the words. Enslaved by TV, Triple Creek is colored in dismal grays and imprisoned by imposing power lines. Afterwards, the town is blooming, bustling, and brightly colored. Watch out. Polacco's passion for books and reading is contagious.-Joy Fleishhacker, New York Public Library
Ilene Cooper
Aunt Chip took to her bed 50 years ago when the big television tower came to town and the library closed. She knew there would be consequences, and there were--everyone stopped reading, and now they don't remember how. When Aunt Chip learns that, she gets out of bed and begins teaching the children to read. Soon the kids love reading so much they're taking books out of potholes and sagging buildings, where the books have been doing infrastructure duty. Eventually, the TV tower falls down, at first angering the adults and then causing them to read. Reading reigns, and Aunt Chip goes back to her job of decades ago, town librarian. Naturally, this subject is near and dear to every librarian's heart, but Polacco's treatment of it borders on the didactic. Still, since books and reading are always in competition with television viewing, maybe a little didacticism doesn't hurt. Polacco's signature-style artwork, a bit more freewheeling than usual, has fun with the fantasy elements of the story. Not top-of-the-line Polacco, but libraries will probably want to buy this for the message.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399229435
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 189,331
  • Age range: 4 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.87 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco lives in Union City, Michigan.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2007

    Aunt Chip and the great Triple Creek Dam Affair

    I read the book Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair. I thought it was a great book. I loved the drawings and the book was funny. My favorite part was when the T.V. tower fell down and no one could watch T.V. so they read books. I didn¿t like the part when they used books for steps. I thought it was a little sad that no one could read besides Aunt Chip. I think the book was hilarious. I would recommend this book because it is a good book to read to a group or you could just read it to yourself like I did. I love this book and I hope you will read it because you will love it too.

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