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Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair by Patricia Polacco
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Oct 05, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2008, metafiction, picture-book, dedicated-to-me, libraries
Read in October, 2008

** spoiler alert ** Any book dedicated "to stubborn librarians everywhere" automatically rates five stars in my book! Although I would have given this book five stars even without the dedication!

Triple Creek is a town that loves to watch TV. They even have pictures of their TV sets on their mantels. Eli's Aunt Charlotte doesn't have a TV in her house. She took to her bed 50 years earlier and has vowed never to leave it. She decides it is time to get up, though, when she learns that Eli doesn't know that stories come from books or even what reading is.

While I'm all for more reading and less TV, I'm glad that Polacco mentions keeping a balance. My favorite line is: "Understand, folks still had their TV's, all right, but they were wise about what they watched and for how long. They had so much else to do!"
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