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A SECOND IS A HICCUP by Hazel Hutchins Kirkus Star

A SECOND IS A HICCUP

A Child’s Book of Time

By Hazel Hutchins (Author) , Kady MacDonald Denton (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: March 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-439-83106-7
Publisher: Levine/Scholastic

How long is a second? How about a minute? An hour? A day? Hutchins has all the right answers to these time-related questions and more, and she explains them flawlessly, in terms just right for young children. A second, for example, “is a hiccup—The time it takes to kiss your mom / Or jump a rope / Or turn around.” An hour is “Sixty minutes singing by. / If you build a sandy tower / Run right through a sprinkly shower / Climb a tree and smell a flower / Pretend you have a secret power / That should nicely fill / An hour.” With a sense of wonder and gentle whimsy reminiscent of Ruth Krauss, each line of text rhymes and dances along with three playful children and their families as they explore and travel through a year’s worth of sunrises, seasons, growing, counting, learning and fun. Imminently appealing watercolor illustrations, replete with warmth, complement the text perfectly. An excellent read-aloud and a great choice for any child learning about time. (Picture book. 4-7)