Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 6
- Grade: p to 1
A little princess makes the greatest of gifts from the simplest of lists.
When a neighboring kingdom announces the birth of a royal baby, the Queen of Iddison is thrilled. "We shall bring the child splendid gifts," she declares, and then makes a long list of treasures to collect on the way. She smiles as her daughter, little Princess Cassidy, makes a list, too.
On the voyage, the Queen checks her list as the royal caravan gathers gems from mountain mines and beasts from deep jungles. Princess Cassidy also checks her list, but collects nothing.
At last, the royal caravan arrives laden with riches. But it is only the gifts from Cassidy's list that make the baby smile its first smile. And the Queen smiles too when she reads it: two kisses (X X) and one hug (0).
The List is a poignant tale from a gifted storyteller, full of whimsically charming artwork and heartwarming truth.
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."
This tale of heartwarming truth features whimsically charming watercolour artwork.
Best Books for Kids & Teeens 2008
The ListTo celebrate a newborn neighbour, the Queen gathers treasures from afar, while her daughter, the little princess, gives the greatest of gifts from a simple list. This tale of heartwarming truth features whimsically charming watercolour artwork.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.