Hannah the Hippo's No Mud Day

Hannah the Hippo's No Mud Day

by Iris Hiskey, Karen Schmidt

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Because her Aunt Lily is coming for a visit, Hannah is told she must not indulge in her favorite pastime: rolling about in ``squshystet , mushy'' mud puddles. The little hippo doesn't look thrilled when her mother dresses her in a pink frock with a lacy white pinafore, but she is determined to obey orders and stay clean. It isn't easy. Hannah stumbles into an exceedingly sloppy puddle, and in no time at all she is dancing, prancing and lolling in the cool mud. With the aid of some amiable animal friends--to whom she in turn lends a helping hand--Hannah manages to return home spanking clean in time for her aunt's arrival. Hiskey ends this puckish tale with an amusing twist and gracefully conveys the importance of aiding those in need. Droll humor abounds in Schmidt's pastel-dominated watercolors; especially endearing are Hannah's constantly changing facial expressions. Ages 3-6. (May)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- Hannah the Hippo's mother announces that Aunt Lily is coming for a visit. She scrubs her daughter squeaky clean and dresses her in a fancy pink dress and pinafore, declaring this to be ``a No Mud Day. '' Hannah is glum because wallowing is her favorite pastime. Her mother suggests a walk and the young hippo encounters a big squishy puddle that she avoids with great difficulty. She chases some butterflies and ends up in the mud. She takes off the dress and happily enjoys herself until she is completely filthy. Then, with the help of some friendly elephants and birds, she is restored to her pristine state, and arrives home just as her aunt arrives. Of course, Lily is up for ``a nice cool roll in the mud.'' An enjoyable story-time selection with clear, bright watercolor illustrations that enhance the action and add to the humor of the text. --Dorothy Evans, Chicago Public Library

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Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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4 Years

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