A Hippo's Tale

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Deep in the middle of Africa, at the river?s edge where the hippos live, life is pleasant. The big hippos like to relax at the beach, while the little hippos love diving. Mrs. Hippopotamus enjoys having quiet time all to herself, especially when bathing. She even has her beach, where she takes a bath in peace. But then a monkey shows up and disturbs her solitude. What is Mrs. Hippopotamus to do? She comes up with a fantastic solution, one, as ...

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Overview

Deep in the middle of Africa, at the river’s edge where the hippos live, life is pleasant. The big hippos like to relax at the beach, while the little hippos love diving. Mrs. Hippopotamus enjoys having quiet time all to herself, especially when bathing. She even has her beach, where she takes a bath in peace. But then a monkey shows up and disturbs her solitude. What is Mrs. Hippopotamus to do? She comes up with a fantastic solution, one, as it turns out, that all the hippos like.

With her warm, winsome ink-and-watercolor pictures and simple text, Lena Landström has once again created a charming tale about the pleasure of finding time alone.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
On a beach along a river in Africa, as the big hippos relax, little hippos, like youngsters everywhere, are splashing, playing, diving, never still. Mrs. Hippopotamus, who lives alone, bakes her seaweed pudding and sets off for her peaceful evening bath on her own private beach. Shocked to find a monkey fishing there, she sadly goes home. "Nothing feels right," she says, until she has a bright idea. Collecting wood, she builds a private bathhouse on her beach. But that night, when she arrives for her evening swim, she finds everyone at her beach, with the little hippos happily diving from her bathhouse. Returning home, she sees that the regular beach is empty. She decides to build a diving board there for the youngsters, thinking that perhaps she may not want to be so alone in the future. Sketchy ink and watercolors are subtly used for this simple story. The jungle is a comforting green; the river's blue seems to have therapeutic qualities. Although very much a hippo, our heroine seems to be a deft carpenter and competent cook. The lighthearted spoof with perhaps a moral concludes with a scene of shimmering moonlight bliss. This is the author's third book about hippos.
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This third Mrs. Hippopotamus tale begins with an aerial view in which 15 indistinct gray ovals are surrounded by a large expanse of azure water outlined by a verdant forest. As Landström focuses in, the activity centers on hippos bathing and playing, while Mrs. H. finishes her baking and looks forward to a rejuvenating bath-until a monkey in a fishing boat shows up on her private beach. By the next morning, Mrs. Hippo takes action. And when that idea doesn't pan out, she's on to Plan B. The attractive ink-and-watercolor illustrations in a cool palette will entertain children. They will rejoice in the hippo's cleverness and smile at the slight humor in the story. Similar to the situations in Jill Murphy's books, such as Peace at Last (Puffin, 1992), this title will be popular with Landström's fans.
—Blair ChristolonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Mrs. Hippopotamus is the Greta Garbo of hippos. She likes her peace and quiet, and just wants to be alone. She places her hut far from the other hippos' huts. Each night she takes a bath in a solitary spot on the beach while her seaweed pudding is baking. Imagine her shock when she finds a monkey fishing at her beach! Depressed, she goes without a bath. Her next idea is to build a sort of Victorian bathing booth so she can bathe in privacy within the confines of this structure. Unfortunately, after putting dinner in the oven, she discovers all the hippos love her building, making it very noisy. Upon returning home, the beach where all the hippos live is empty, and she has a lovely, long, peaceful soak. Mrs. Hippo is a problem-solver, a quiet character who continues to treasure her solitude. The fact that Landstrom allows her character to enjoy herself without becoming social is unique in picture books, even though the end suggests that she might come around. Landstrom's illustrations are as always gently evocative with piquant touches of humor. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789129666038
  • Publisher: R & S Books
  • Publication date: 3/20/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.16 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

LENA LANDSTRÖM, together with her husband, Olof, has created the Will series, the much-loved Boo and Baa books, and Four Hens and a Rooster, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. She is also the author and illustrator of two other hippo stories, The Little Hippos’ Adventure and The New Hippos. She lives in Sweden.

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