Hippos

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Huge hippos look fierce and have sharp teeth, but they do not eat other animals. Learn all about hippos, including where they live, what they eat, and how they can walk underwater. Did you know that small fish clean a hippo's teeth? Discover the world of hippos and have fun meeting their wildlife family and friends.
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Overview

Huge hippos look fierce and have sharp teeth, but they do not eat other animals. Learn all about hippos, including where they live, what they eat, and how they can walk underwater. Did you know that small fish clean a hippo's teeth? Discover the world of hippos and have fun meeting their wildlife family and friends.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
With females weighing up to 3,000 pounds and males weighing up to 8,000 pounds, hippos are forces to be reckoned with. These huge animals love to feast on plants and grass. The grass often gets stuck in their teeth and there is a special way to get it out. You will have to read the book to find out how. The photographs are fantastic and show everything from a hippo taking a nap to two bulls fighting. The chapters, usually only two pages long, include three to four sections full of information. Children will be especially interested in the "Did You Know" section. The author has covered a lot of information while using a child-friendly vocabulary. Words that children might find unfamiliar are in bold throughout the text and listed in the glossary. The author uses a unique style by having the hippo tell about a day in his own life. Children will want to revisit the book over and over again. I highly recommend it as a way to introduce nonfiction. The author also includes information about the dangers to hippos. Unfortunately, people kill hippos for their meat and ivory tusks. Farmers hunt them because the hippos damage farmland and crops. But hippos kill more people in Africa than any other animal. This excellent book is part of the "All about Wild Animals" series. 2004, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 7 to 10.
—Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Each title presents basic information on the animals' physical characteristics, habitat, family life, diet, and predators. Labeled diagrams of their primary body parts are included, along with maps showing their habitats. Framed "Did You Know?" boxes are accompanied by full-color photographs, and the pictures on the "Family Life" page have a scrapbook look. A time line written from the perspective of the animal gives readers a sense of its daily activities. Information in each title is delivered in a kid-friendly, magazinelike format, with several boxes of text and photos per spread. The material presented is not sufficient for reports, but the books might serve as introductions to these creatures or inspire an interest in wildlife.-Cathie Bashaw Morton, Somers Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836841183
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: All about Wild Animals Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

A Closer Look 6
Home, Sweet Home 10
Neighbors 12
The Family 14
Life in the River 18
Favorite Foods 20
Danger! 22
A Hippo's Day 24
Relatives 26
Humans and Hippos 28
Glossary 30
Index 32
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