Saturday, October 15, 2011


With such busy lives, it is easy to forget that spending time together as a family is so important. In John Rocco’s book, Blackout, he shows how a child is trying to get the family’s attention to play a board game. When everyone says that they are too busy to play, the child dejectedly walks back upstairs to play video games, alone.
When the city experiences a summer blackout, all the neighbors come outside to visit and stay cool. When the lights finally come back on, everyone begins to return to their normal routine. But as the author states, “Not everyone likes normal.” Soon the family is back playing another game.
The illustrations are fantastic. There are many small details that might be missed if you don’t look carefully. This book could be used to model ellipses. There are several pages where an ellipsis is used . . . correctly.

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