A curious true incident is incorporated into a pleasant glimpse of a Budapest family during WW II. Tibor describes Sunday outings, on Papa's day off from the paprika factory, to see the bridge over the Danube or visit the hippopotamuses at the zoo, where they thrive in the natural warm springs. But wartime shortages threaten hippos, even more than people, until Papa suggests feeding them straw, such as that in their own doormat; the hippos then survive the war's coldest winter by eating 9,000 straw hats and slippers contributed by loyal fans. The war is offstage here; what's of interest is the warm period picture of family and city, authentically portrayed in Knutson's adroitly sketched pencil and watercolor art. (Picture book. 4-9) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The book arrived on time and it was in great condition. My friend told me about hearing this true story when she was small, hence her love for Hippos. Read morePublished on December 26, 2010 by anya
We love this book! We lived in Budapest for four years and finding this book was a delightful surprise. The kids thrilled to see familiar places painted in wonderful watercolor. Read morePublished on December 13, 2009 by TriciaLeeF