The Turtle and the Hippopotamus

The Turtle and the Hippopotamus

by Banks, Tomek Bogacki
     
 

A fresh twist on trust and friendship

In this rebus book, a turtle won’t swim across the river because she is afraid of the hippopotamus standing in the middle of it. She asks a bird, a grasshopper, some ants, and a possum what to do, but she still can’t find the courage to cross to the delicious reeds on the other side – until she makes

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A fresh twist on trust and friendship

In this rebus book, a turtle won’t swim across the river because she is afraid of the hippopotamus standing in the middle of it. She asks a bird, a grasshopper, some ants, and a possum what to do, but she still can’t find the courage to cross to the delicious reeds on the other side – until she makes a new friend. Playful art swings and loops around the page, moving the story forward.

As they did in The Bird, the Monkey, and the Snake in the Jungle, which Booklist, in a starred review, called “a splendid collaboration between artist and writer,” Kate Banks and Tomek Bogacki have created another delightful rebus book for readers and pre-readers to enjoy together.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Afraid of the Hippo in the middle, Turtle enlists a flock of friends to help her cross the river. But it's the most unlikely ally that eventually gets Turtle to the other side in The Turtle and the Hippopotamus, a rebus book companion to The Bird, the Monkey, and the Snake in the Jungle by Kate Banks, illus. by Tomek Bogacki. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In this rebus book, a turtle is afraid to cross a river to get to the luscious reeds and beautiful water lilies on the other side because of the huge hippopotamus in the middle. She gets cues from a bird, grasshopper, ants, and possum as to how to reach her destination. She tries to fly, jump, and build a bridge but all attempts fail. As she tries to swing across on a rope, it breaks and she lands on the hippo's back. He carries her across and kindly encourages her to eat the reeds. The large, pastel-colored illustrations lack a focal point. The use of unfamiliar words will frustrate beginning readers, and the addition of visually obscure rebus images makes the pages cluttered and confusing to read, even for an adult. Not a necessary purchase.-Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The creators of The Bird, the Monkey and the Snake in the Jungle (1999) offer another engaging animal tale told with rebuses, this one featuring a small turtle trying to find a way to cross a river without swimming past a huge blue hippo. The rebuses, most of them simply drawn stick figures, are "translated" at the bottom of each spread on which they appear, and superimposed, along with connecting words, on Bogacki's gently brushed, cottony-looking outdoor scenes. Ignoring the advice of friends, Turtle tries to fly across on a kite, bounce over by jumping on an old tire, and blow across like dandelion fluff. At last, trying to swing across on a rope, Turtle lands right on Hippo, who turns out to be friendlier that his fearsome appearance suggests, and asks her with puzzlement why she didn't just swim across. The two are last seen munching companionably among the reeds on the river's far side. Because lines of text are shaped and placed on the page to suggest proper pacing and expression, and because young listeners will be eager to identify each rebus aloud, this quiet, rhythmic tale makes a perfect choice for shared reading. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374378851
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
05/02/2002
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kate Banks is the recipient of the Charlotte Zolotow Award for The Night Worker. Her other titles include And If the Moon Could Talk, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner. She lives in the South of France with her husband and two children.

Tomek Bogacki is the author and illustrator of My First Garden and Circus Girl. He lives in New York City.

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