Friday, July 11, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 83

Terrific Trio: Book 1
Picture Book: Blackout

Author & Illustrator: John Rocco

Summary: After trying to engage his busy family with a board game, a boy sits in front of a screen. Then the power goes out all over the city. Because it is a hot night, the family carries the board game to the roof. Under the splendor of the stars, neighbors join them, and it’s a block party in the sky. Later the family joins the party on the street. When the power comes back on, the family resumes their normal activities, but the boy doesn’t like normal so much. He turns off the lights in their home, and the board game enthusiastically continues.  

Hanna’s Comments: This is book 1 in PBT's first Terrific Trio. All of these books begin with people who are busy and isolated. The authors of each use a different plot mechanism for bringing the communities together, each celebrating community engagement. This author wonderfully illustrates the beauty of an urban night and the love and camaraderie that can be shared in a neighborhood or family when the power goes out and when it comes back on.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Hyperion Books, 2011

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 4 and up, Pre and up

# of Pages: 40

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: Audible

PBT Category: Award Winner (Caldecott Honor), Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: attentiveness/observation/seeing, beauty, blessings, celebration/party, challenges, change, communication, community, companionship, darkness/evening/night, difficulties, disabilities/handicaps/limitations, family, gladness/happiness, grace, home, humanity, leadership/servant leadership, loneliness, love, moon/space/stars/sun, neighbors, neighborhood, parents/parental love, participation, presence, relationships, reverence, Sabbath, satisfaction, security, siblings/sibling rivalry, surprise, at table, transformation, treasure, unity, vision

Scripture Connections: Scriptures about the Sabbath

Idea(s) for Application: There are many negatives associated with darkness. This book offers a positive view. Use this book in a lesson on how metaphorical darkness, such as illness, limitations, loss, struggle or lack of clarity, can strengthen relationships, particularly with God.