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H.J. Hutchins. Illustrated by Barry Trower.
Toronto, ON: Annick Press, 1984.
64pp., paper, $6.95.
ISBN 0-920236-95-2. paperbound boards, $3.95. ISBN 0-920236-94-4. Annick Reading About Kids series. CIP.

Grades 4 and up / Ages 9 and up

Reviewed by Adele L. Massena.

Volume 13 Number 1
1985 January

Sarah Mathews and Ben Clark are at the corner store looking for macaroni for their science project, when the lady who works there turns Derek Henshaw into a frog. After considerable thought, Sarah asks the lady, Anastasia Morningstar, to be her science project. Mr. Wyanth, their science teacher, is less than ecstatic. However, as events unfold, he becomes increasingly interested in Sarah's relationship with Anastasia. He is present at the end, when Sarah frees the crystal butterfly that had come to Anastasia's and that Mr. Wyanth had seen when he was young.

H.J. Hutchins has been writing fiction for several years. Her previous short novel, Tile Three and Many Wishes of Jason Reid ¹, was published in 1983. Her latest story deals with an imaginative subject in a down to earth, matter of fact tone, much like the title character who has "a rather grand name for one who looked so ordinary."

The clear, well spaced print is easy to read, and the story is complemented by soft, uncluttered, black and white drawings. An appropriate addition to a junior school library, this book would also be useful as supplementary reading for students interested in creative writing.

Adele L. Massena, Kingston, ON.

¹ Reviewed vol. Xl/6 November 1983, p.248.

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