A Second is a Hiccup: A Child's Book of Time

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Scholastic Inc., 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
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There's never been a more charming explanation of time for young readers.

"How long is a second?"
"A second is a hiccup--the time it takes to kiss your mom, or jump a rope, or turn around."

The newest book by acclaimed picture-book creators Hazel Hutchins and Kady McDonald Denton explains units of time in imaginative terms children can understand: A second lasts as long as a hiccup; a week is seven sleeps; and a year is the time it takes to grown into new shoes!

Any parent who's been asked, "How long is a minute?" or any kid who's wondered, "What does 'an hour' mean?" will enjoy this smart, simple, and surprising book.

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User Review  - spring.rainbow - LibraryThing

Summary: This book is an informational book about learning how to tell time. This book explains how long a second would last, how long a minute is and how long an hour is. This book goes all the way ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kael - Goodreads

nice way to give a child reference to time- a concept hard to nail down because none can touch it. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

After many years of juggling writing, raising her children, and making a home with her now deceased husband, Hazel spends her days writing full time. Winner of Writer’s Guild of Alberta Award for Children’s Literature, she has written children’s short fiction for Chirp, Chickadee, and Cricket.

When answering where the inspiration for A Second is a Hiccup came from, Hazel comments, “I decided to see if I could find other ways to describe time. When the writing began to flow in poetic form — and when I came up with the engaging title line A Second is a Hiccup — I knew I had begun a labor of love. The book went through many incarnations....in one version I actually brought in centuries and eons! Good grief! But it finally returned to exactly what it should be...immediate, simple and close-to-home. It is my sincere hope that children of all types will enjoy finding and celebrating, among the pages, the many ways they spend their time.”

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