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The Power Book: What is it, Who Has it and Why?

Quarto/Ivy Kids. Oct. 2019. 64p. further reading. glossary. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781782409274.
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Gr 3-7–Authors Saunders, Songhurst, Amson-Bradshaw, Salami, and Scarlet have collaborated to offer an excellent primer for older elementary and middle school students. The book is formatted as a text-heavy picture book, with colorful pages detailing a different aspect of power. Vibrantly sketched illustrations add dimension to topics, and “thinking point” questions invite readers to reflect on key concepts. The authors feature diverse representation throughout and highlight important civil rights leaders. The progression of the book is logical and concludes with a call to action. The text touches on a variety of important discussions surrounding power, including wealth inequality, gender inequality, and systematic racism, but due to its format, it’s not able to conduct a truly deep dive.
VERDICT The book serves its purpose well, but students looking for a more nuanced or complex explanation of power should look elsewhere.

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