Friday, January 7, 2011

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

A Second is a Hiccup: A Child's Book of TimeHave you ever struggled to help a child understand a concept of time?  In A Second is a Hiccup: A Child's Book of Time author Hazel Hutchins explains time in ways that children can relate to.  The illustrations, by Kady MacDonald Denton, are a great addition to the fun rhyming verse of the book.

I was thrilled to find this book in our local library because I have struggled trying to get Anna to understand concepts of time.  We enjoyed reading the book together and it led to much discussion about time.

Both the author and the illustrator of this book are Canadians and both have their own websites.  On Hazel Hutchin's website you will find links to many pages.  One page contains her bio, another a list of her books, and on another she shares that she often has to rewrite her books 50 times before she gets them right!  Kady MacDonald Denton's website is a page with a list of the books she has worked on and a link to an illustration from many of those books.

The author of Open Wide, Look Inside (a blog about using children's literature to teach math, science and social studies) wrote a post about how A Second is a Hiccup could be used to teach process skills  and in that post she provides a link to a pdf with activities for using A Second is a Hiccup to teach English, Math, and Science concepts.  In another post on the same blog the author provides a link to a Podcast about A Second is a Hiccup.

This book is another you don't want to miss, not only because it's fun, but because it is a great resource for math or science lessons about measurement of time.

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