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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Educational ValueWhen the city goes dark, "nothing works." Parents can point out to children how many everyday tools and devices don't work without electricity. They also can explain why the stars suddenly seem so bright over the city.
Positive MessagesEveryone needs a break from being busy, this story shows, and sometimes you need to create opportunities to disconnect from distractions and reconnect with each other.
Positive Role ModelsThe entire family appreciates being nudged to reconnect and relax together. Even when they're "busy," the parents appear regretful and not dismissive. (The big sister talking on the phone, however, acts like a typical big sister!)
Violence & ScarinessA child is frightened to find herself plunged into darkness, but she's soon comforted and embraces the dark.
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Parents Need to KnowParents need to know that Blackout celebrates family and community coming together without distraction or devices. The sudden darkness is at first startling, but quickly takes on a cozy, celebratory atmosphere.
Is It Any Good?
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