Hippos

Hippos

by Sally M. Walker
     
 

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Hippos spend most of the day in lakes and rivers. So no wonder their full name comes from two Greek words, hippos and potamos, which mean "river horse." Well-known for their large, barrel shape and wide mouths, common hippos live in the rivers and shallow lakes of eastern and southern Africa. Their cousins, pygmy hippos, inhabit the forests and rivers of western

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Hippos spend most of the day in lakes and rivers. So no wonder their full name comes from two Greek words, hippos and potamos, which mean "river horse." Well-known for their large, barrel shape and wide mouths, common hippos live in the rivers and shallow lakes of eastern and southern Africa. Their cousins, pygmy hippos, inhabit the forests and rivers of western Africa. Pygmy hippos are becoming more scarce as their habitat is being cleared for other land uses, such as farming. And although their numbers are not yet dangerously low, common hippos are threatened by poachers, who want the ivory in their teeth. Are hippos at risk of becoming extinct? Learn more in this edition of Nature Watch.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dia Michels
"Standing on a riverbank, in eastern Africa, you spot a dark unmoving shape in the water-a rock right? Suddenly a pair of eyes and a snout appear, then sink out of sight once more." It's the rare hippo-and Susan Walker has written a book to introduce them to us. Excellent full color photographs and a lively text ignite the imagination as we get to know the hippopotamus, the third largest land mammal in the world. With more than forty pages divided into seven chapters, the layout of photographs and text vary, pacing the reader. Walker writes carefully, introducing science terms with clarity. After reading this book, there is no doubt that the hippo is an animal we want to save from extinction.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-5Walker introduces young readers to the common and the pygmy hippopotamuses. The book gives much of the same information as similar offerings on the subject for this age range such as physical characteristics, life cycle, and communication. However, this title distinguishes itself in that it compares and contrasts the two species, giving specific reasons for their similarities and differences. For example, the common hippo's eyes are on top of its head because it spends most of the time in the water, while the pygmy hippo has eyes on the side of its head because it lives mostly in the forest. The clear, full-color photographs and illustrations do an excellent job of representing the text. Words that are included in the glossary are in boldface. The last chapter addresses the importance of hippos to their environment and how their extinction could alter the ecosystem in which they live. An excellent addition.Michele Snyder, Chappaqua Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822575122
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Series:
Nature Watch Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 10.06(h) x 0.33(d)
Lexile:
920L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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