Chubbo's Pool

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Chubbo, a selfish hippo who will not share his pool with the other animals, learns a lesson about cooperation and sharing. "A delightful tale that humorously conveys the value of sharing and the joys of friendship." -- Booklist

A selfish hippopotamus, who will not share his pool with the other animals, learns a lesson about cooperation and sharing.

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Overview

Chubbo, a selfish hippo who will not share his pool with the other animals, learns a lesson about cooperation and sharing. "A delightful tale that humorously conveys the value of sharing and the joys of friendship." -- Booklist

A selfish hippopotamus, who will not share his pool with the other animals, learns a lesson about cooperation and sharing.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1This minimal story is maximized by Lewin's brilliant, dramatic, and softly realistic watercolor paintings of the wildlife and landscape of Botswana. The plot centers around Chubbo, a surly hippo who takes possession of a pool and refuses to allow the other animals to drink. When the blistering sun reduces his haven to a mud wallow, he assumes correctly that he will not be welcome at the watering place that the others are using. He is both surprised and chastened, however, when the elephants kindly fill their trunks with water and refill his pool, teaching him the importance of and pleasure found in sharing. The text is simple but rhythmic and rich with expressive adjectives, excellent for reading aloud. The book demonstrates the same high standards for presenting an unusual topic as Lewin's Booby Hatch (Clarion, 1995).Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Lauren Peterson
When Chubbo the hippo finds a pool of cool water, he selfishly chases other animals away. In time, the pool dries up, and he moves to another one--only to find it full of the animals he chased earlier. Embarrassed, he trudges back to wallow in the mud that was his former pool. Soon, however, he is joined by a herd of elephants that circle him and spray water from their trunks until his pool is full once again. Lewin's translucent watercolors offer a realistic portrait of Botswana wildlife set against a spectacular backdrop of sun-filled scenery. Inspired by the author's experience in Botswana, this is a delightful tale that humorously conveys the value of sharing and the joys of friendship. A pictorial glossary of the animals is appended.
Kirkus Reviews
Chubbo, a selfish little hippo, doesn't want to share the pool of water he finds on the hottest day. When other animals seek the pool out, Chubbo yells, "GET OUT OF MY POOL!" When the pool dries up, Chubbo is forced to find another, larger pool where plenty of animals are already drinking. They neither chase Chubbo away, nor make him welcome. He trudges back to his own mud wallow, feeling hot, thirsty, and "very, very alone." Suddenly the elephants come with their trunks filled with water, and whoosh, fill Chubbo's pool. Chubbo decides that it is nice to have friends. The very realistic, soft watercolors of animals and landscape are out of step with the heavily anthropomorphized tale—and much more appealing. Lewin (Walk A Green Path, 1995, etc.) concludes with a picture glossary of the animals in the story, giving the common and scientific name for each, and mentions her real-life inspiration.
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"When Chubbo the hippo finds a pool of cool water, he selfishly chases other animals away. In time, the pool dries up, and he moves to another one—only to find it full of the animals he chased earlier. Embarrassed, he trudges back to wallow in the mud that was his former pool. Soon, however, he is joined by a herd of elephants that circle him and spray water from their trunks until his pool is full once again. Lewin's translucent watercolors offer a realistic portrait of Botswana wildlife set against a spectacular backdrop of sun-filled scenery. Inspired by the author's experience in Botswana, this is a delightful tale that humorously conveys the value of sharing and the joys of friendship." Booklist, ALA

"This story is maximized by Lewin's brilliant, dramatic, softly realistic watercolor paintings of the wildlife in Botswana...The text is simple but rhythmic and rich with expressive adjectives, excellent for reading aloud. the book demonstrates the same high standards for presenting an unusual topic as Lewin's Booby Hatch." School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395728079
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/20/1996
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

BETSY LEWIN is the well-known illustrator of Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; and the Caldecott Honor-winning Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, all written by Doreen Cronin. She lives in New York City.

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