Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-11 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 17 user ratings

"I believe this book presents a real possibility of what could happen if libraries around the world were done away with. Even my hometown is cutting librarian staff because they say "Anyone can check out a book". But you see, the job itself is so much more than that. Librarians teach children how to read. Children today are so focused and sucked into technology at their fingertips. They have cell phones, laptops, etc, not just television. If librarians can raise up a generation of readers, those readers will raise a generation of readers so hopefully books everywhere will NEVER be used to fill potholes and seal dams. Good Book!" said.

"I adored this atypical Patricia Polacco book. I am a huge fan of her texts, and loved this comedic piece just as much. In it contains many quips and witty comments, while still having a good message throughout. The reality of the plot of this book is a scary thought into our very possible future. The younger generation is slowly not appreciating the importance of literature in society. This story would be perfect to relay the significant importance of literature in our everyday lives. Along with this, the illustrations are so unique with countless beautiful details on every single page. This book would be a great read for anyone, but especially to youngsters who have forgotten the value of reading." said.

"Aunt Chip has been in bed for 50 years, for some reason. Her nephew Eli isn't quite sure why. Does it have anything to do with the fact that everyone in this particular town is glued to their beloved TV sets? No one reads, but books are still in use--to hold up falling walls, as footstools and tables, etc. What becomes of a town that foregoes reading in favor of watching TV all day and night?

I enjoy Patricia Polacco, but I had trouble with this book. I selected it with the idea in mind to read to primary students about the importance of reading, but it came off to me as contrived. Sad to say, because some of her other books are so good! I won't give up on Polacco's books, but just didn't care much for this one. Maybe it was because it didn't fit my needs. Oh, well.
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"3/25/11 ** Aunt Chip hasn't gotten out of bed in the memory of the narrator. He describes a world where books are used as doorstops and to shore up the town dam. School is taught by televisions and the adults plan their day according to the television shows. Of course the book has a happy ending with the kids learning to read from Aunt Chip and then teaching their parents to read. While the story is a rather heavy-handed treatment of the perils of television, I can't resist the message.
I unexpectedly had time to kill on Friday (the last day before spring break) - 1/3 of my class went to the mobile dentist right before I'd planned to give the spelling test. My Polacco books were all out, preparatory to taking them home, so I grabbed this one to read aloud. I had a great time making the voice of Aunt Chip old, quavery, and very southern. My fourth graders seemed to enjoy that very different voice as well.
Many of the kids really got into it. There were predictions and comments popping up all over the room. I even had several kids say out loud that reading was way better than T.V. Yes!!
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"Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair is a great story about a little boy named Eli who has a desire to read in a town that has been taken over by TV. Everyday Eli visits his Aunt Chip, who used to be the town librarian, and she teaches Eli to read. When the other children in town learn of Eli's special talent, they too want to learn to read. One day Eli takes a book from a pile of books that act as the town dam. When Eli takes the book it causes the dam to come crashing down and the whole town is flooded. Everyone is mad because their TV's no longer work. When the town realizes that the children have been learning to read they are angry, but soon realize that they need to read more as well. At the end of the story the town still watches TV, but in moderation and spends more time reading books.

My overall impression of this book is that it sends a great message to children about how important reading really is and the consequences that could happen from not reading. Even though technology is a great tool it also needs to be used in moderation. I real enjoyed reading this book and the message that it sends to readers about how important reading is.
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"this book became one of my favorite childrens books in about 2 pages. the illustrations are beautiful and interesting, and there are so many thought-provoking and conversation-starting themes in it. in triple creek, they're all fascinated by their tvs... and use books as footstools and doorsteps etc, no one knows how to read anymore. even the school has tvs as teachers. eli listens to stories from his aunt chip when he's not watching tv, and one day asks, "where do your stories come from?" aunt chip says, "well some of them ive heard before, some i make up, some are from my dreams, and some i take straight from books!" and eli replies, "how would you get a story to come out of a book?" when aunt chip realizes eli has no idea what reading is, she comes out of her bedroom for the first time in 50 years, teaches him to read, and the story progresses in amazing fashion from there. if you read books to kids, or if you read kids books as an adult, read this book. it made my day.
i did wonder at some point if reading it to myself would be less enjoyable. because part of the reason this book made me so happy was that the kids i read it to are becoming infatuated with the computer, and so the storyline pertained to them. it would probably be just as heart-warming to me without the kids around, but - the fact that they were there hearing it doubled my excitement.
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"Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair is a public service announcement for reading and a stern warning for what can happen when reading and books get put on the back burner, thinly veiled with a wildly imaginative story about a boy (Eli) and the town he lives in. No one knows how to read, save for Eli's kooky Aunt Charlotte, who he calls Aunt Chip. Aunt Chip tells of a time when people did know how to read, and got their fun and entertainment from books instead of television. Aunt Chip helps Eli learn to read and love books, and the eagerness spreads to Eli's entire class at school. Soon, the word "trickles" up to the grown-ups in town, and Aunt Chip (and her gaggle of child readers) must defend the written word.

The art included in this book is half of the fun - the imagery the illustrator creates helps the reader create a mind movie of what exactly this backwards town is like. Seeing the pictures of books used for absolutely everything except reading was a great touch that left this reader intrigued.

This would be a great book to read aloud to students. It sounds almost too crazy to be true, until you read the second-to-last page where Patricia Polacco declares it very well could be a true story. This could lead to discussion within your class about the dangers of losing the desire to read in favor of "more exciting" activities like television or video games.
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"Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair is a story about a town called Triple creek where everyone was glued to their television sets, well everyone except Aunt Charlotte, AKA Aunt Chip. The story is told by Aunt chips nephew Eli. Eli loved his Aunt Chip because every time the two visited Aunt Chip told him wonderful stories. One day Eli finally asked his aunt where she gets her stories and she responds "Some come out of thin air, my dreams, and some right out of books." Eli then confesses to his aunt he doesn't know how to read Aunt Chip makes it her mission to teach the TV obsessed children how to read. After learning from his Aunt, Eli began to obsesses over reading and his classmates took to noticing, soon the reading fever spread. Only one problem there wasn't enough books to read, all the unread books where scattered about the town. Some books were even used as a dam, but the children didn't know that.

This book stole my heart within the first few pages,I'm what you would call a book worm. I'm the type of person who will sit through a movie with my face in the book rather than actually watch it. A book about less tv and more reading automatically hits home. Although this topic is a controversial one Polacco manages to add some great humor through the character Aunt Chip, portraying her as the crazy old lady who stands up for the library. And you can't forget that Polacco built damn out of books, pretty clever if you ask me. The pictures throughout guide readers to put faces to the characters and consume the majority of the pages. The realistic water-colored illustrations enhance the comedy and message behind the story. Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair is a playful story to show the importance of reading.
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