Blackout by John Rocco
Published by Hyperion Books May 24th 2011
One hot summer night in the city, all the power goes out. The TV shuts off and a boy wails, “Mommm!” His sister can no longer use the phone, Mom can’t work on her computer, and Dad can’t finish cooking dinner. What’s a family to do?
I was so happy to stumble across this picture book (it just came in to the library) the friday before Earth Hour on Saturday. The book opens with the images of each member of the family in different rooms “doing their own things”. The power goes out, and the family comes together to find ways to wait out the blackout.
Exploring the stars, playing games by flashlight, joining the neighbours for ice cream in the street.
I shared the story by candle light with my family during earth hour. It’s a wonderful reminder of how easy technology can take over, how dependant we can be on it, but also how easily we can make the choice to put the gadgets away and spend time together.
After reading it we played flashlight tag. I’ve done this in a preschool group before for a pjamma time program where I had parents and kids bring flashlights and we used them during storytime. It was a big hit! I think it would make a wonderful activity to compliment this story. Great for Earth Day too.