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No. 19 | Electricity

No. 19 | Electricity

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Lamps, televisions, ovens … they all need electricity to work. We often do not realise how much electricity is part of our daily lives and how we depend on it until the power goes off. In Papperlapapp #19, we shed light on the darkness and take a closer look at the electricity that is otherwise so invisible. 

In the story Dark, written by Tanja Fabsits and illustrated by Lili Richter, Julia realises how indispensable electricity is when one evening the power suddenly goes off. The lights go out, the TV and CD player can’t be used, the mobile phone can’t be charged, the washing machine, cooker, fridge – forget it! And the pizza is in the oven … But Dad keeps his cool, making bread and butter by candlelight and adding slices of cucumber. The two of them make themselves comfortable and Dad tells Julia what things were like in the days before people had electricity. A cosy atmosphere is created, and when suddenly there is a click and the power comes back on, Julia almost regrets it. The story is enriched with explanations: what electricity actually is, what devices are operated with it, in what context it can be dangerous, and where it occurs in nature.
In the second story – The mouse, the raven and the cook – written by Matthäus Bär and illustrated by Lotte Bräuning, the mouse and the raven play practical jokes on the “cook” – a person in whose household the mouse lives incognito and whose food it steals. Electricity is involved here too, of course. The hidden object picture of a street scene shows all the places where electricity is needed. Lastly, page 38 shows species of fish that can generate electricity with their muscle cells.

Authors & Illustrators: Tanja Fabsits, Lili Richter, Clemens Bayer, Matthäus Bär, Lotte Bräuning, Christina Gransow, Lenz Mosbacher, Anete Melece, Agi Ofner

40 pages, haptically appealing paper, 20x22cm, commercial-free, printed according to the guidelines of the Austrian ecolabel

Available in several language combinations.

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