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Harry's Hiccups Read-Along

by (author) Jean Little

illustrated by Joe Weissmann

read by Christian Down

Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2018
Category
General, Humorous Stories, General
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459820524
    Publish Date
    Apr 2018
    List Price
    $19.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to k
  • Reading age: 3 to 5

Description

Harry tries and tries to get rid of his hiccups. He tries drinking a glass of water upside down, he tries putting an ice-cold key down his back, he gleefully tries eating a spoonful of sugar. But nothing works!
In this charming picture book, written by children's literature legend Jean Little and illustrated by award-winning illustrator Joe Weissmann, Harry is afflicted with a case of the hopeless hiccups. It's not until Harry has a surprise encounter with a different sort of neighbor that it seems like Harry might finally get some relief...hiccup, hiccup...

About the authors

Jean Little was born in Taiwan in 1932. Her parents were both doctors. Jean grew up in Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto. She was born with a severe eye problem and is severely visually impaired. A special "talking" computer assists her with her writing. She has a retired seeing-eye dog named Ritz and a new one named Pippa, with whom she travels. The author focuses on her experiences from the time she was a child through young adulthood in her autobiography, Little by Little, and continues her story in Stars Come Out Within. The books, which will appeal to children 10 and older, are both humorous and poignant as Jean describes living with a disability and the ridicule she sometimes experienced as a result, as well as her love for the world of reading and books. Jean's books include From Anna, Listen for the Singing, Stand In The Wind, Mama's Going To Buy You a Mockingbird, Hey World, Here I Am!, Look through My Window, Emma's Yucky Brother, The Belonging Place, and Mine For Keeps. Listen for the Singing was the Canada Council Children's Literature Award winner in 1977. Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird was the CLA Book of the Year in 1985.
Jean Little's first book, Mine for Keeps, won the Little, Brown Children's Book Award in 1962 and was republished by Viking Penguin in 1995. It tells the story of Sally Copeland, a 10 year old with cerebral palsy, and her adjustment to being home after spending several years in a special school. You'll find that several of the themes in this book appear in a number of the author's other books: dealing with a handicap and the responses of others, fitting in, and adjusting to new situations and surroundings.
http://www.jeanlittle.com/

 

Jean Little's profile page

Joe Weissmann's profile page

Christian Down is a producer, musician and voice actor from Victoria, British Columbia.

 

Christian Down's profile page

Awards

  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award

Editorial Reviews

"Full of colourful illustrations that will delight readers of any age…The repetition of 'hiccup, hiccup,' makes this a great story to be read aloud—it is funny and entertaining."

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"Little interweaves culture and generation in a beautiful narrative dance which can be enjoyed by all ages…While the text is nourishing to the mind, the pictures are enrichment for the eyes."

Canadian Teacher

&quotThis lively and amusing story would make a great read-aloud participation story and a vibrant addition to the bookshelf.&quot

Canadian Children's Booknews

"This playful, fun, and humorous story is sure to get a laugh out of any audience…The illustrations of characters, in particular their facial expressions as they react to Harry's attempted tricks, are enough on their own to make a young audience laugh. Highly Recommended."

CM Magazine

"Young readers will enjoy the humorous lengths Harry will go to try to lose his hiccups. Weissman's illustrations, created using acrylic on board, are detailed and vibrant, and the depictions of the frog, particularly after he has gotten the hiccups, are amusing."

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