Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 10
- Grade: 3 to 6
Can magic and science live happily ever after?
When a local grocer zaps a shoplifter into a frog, Sarah and Ben know that something's afoot. After all, nothing they've learned in science class explains how this lady can turn troublemakers into toads. It's not surprising, then, that their teacher, Mr. Wyanth, doesn't believe a word of it. Undaunted, Sarah sets out, with Ben reluctantly in tow, to make a science project out of this mysterious magic-caster known as Anastasia Morningstar.
But Mr. Wyanth doesn't like what they're up to, and his quest for reason threatens Anastasia and the magical butterfly she secretly harbors. Soon Sarah and Ben are swept up in a rescue operation prophesized in a half-forgotten poem. In the end, it takes both imagination and a little scientific know-how to save the enchanted butterfly -- and Anastasia's very soul -- from extinction.
Originally published in an earlier version as Anastasia Morningstar and the Crystal Butterfly, Sarah and the Magic Science Project has been rewritten by the original author and features all-new illustrations. An enchanting tale for adventurous readers.
About the authors
Hazel Hutckins est l'auteure de plus de 30 livres pour enfants, y compris l'album illustré primé Mattland, une œuvre qui est aussi illustrée par Duan Petricic. Hazel vit à Canmore, en Alberta.
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."
CHRISTINE DELEZENNE is a graphic designer and an illustrator. She integrates various elements in her art — drawings, textures, collages and photos. She received the prestigious Elizabeth Cleaver Award, offered by IBBY Canada for the illustrations in La Clé. She is also the illustrator of The Little Yellow Bottle. Christine lives presently in the region of Zurich in Switzerland.