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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846861705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846861703
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,334,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—On safari, an unseen narrator hopes "to see/A hippo or two,/Perhaps even three?" Clever rhyming verse details the spectacular sights along the way, such as lions, chimpanzees, and sleepy leopards, "Relaxing in trees." This expansive tour of the African Plains is brought to life through Beaton's signature fabric appliqué collages. Gray felt elephants splash themselves clean with streams of water accented by silver beads. Crocodiles with shiny sequined scales lounge on a textured shore. The vibrant colors capture the hot, arid habitat. Observant readers will spot the "hidden hippo" on each spread—sometimes peeking up from the water, or disguised as a rock, or partially obscured by a tree. Endnotes include descriptions of the featured animals as well as information on recent efforts to protect endangered species. Young adventurers and conservationists alike will pore over this visually stunning story.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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On safari, an unseen narrator hopes to see/A hippo or two/Perhaps even three? Clever rhyming verse details the spectacular sights along the way, such as lions, chimpanzees, and sleepy leopards, ''Relaxing in tree''. This expansive tour of the African Plains is brought to life through Beaton's signature fabric applique collages. Gray felt elephants splash themselves clean with streams of water accented by silver beads. Crocodiles with shiny sequined scales lounge on a textured shore. The vibrant colors capture the hot, arid habitat. Observant readers will spot the''hidden hippo'' on each spread sometimes peeking up from the water, or disguised as a rock, or partially obscured by a tree. Endnotes include descriptions of the featured animals as well as information on recent efforts to protect endangered species. Young adventurers and conservationists alike will pore over this visually stunning story. --School Library Journal<br /><br />This rhyming, interactive safari romp introduces animals of the African plains with Beaton's trademark full-page spreads created in decorative fabric and colorful felt applique...Succinct, informative paragraphs for each featured creature combine with a Meet the Hippo! page and information about the conservation efforts of various wildlife societies to complete this lively tour delivered in simple, easily recited verse. For flannel storyboards choices, this one provides some clear and basic ideas. A delightfully tame excursion. --Kirkus Review

This rhyming, interactive safari romp introduces animals of the African plains with Beaton's trademark full-page spreads created in decorative fabric and colorful felt applique...Succinct, informative paragraphs for each featured creature combine with a Meet the Hippo! page and information about the conservation efforts of various wildlife societies to complete this lively tour delivered in simple, easily recited verse. For flannel storyboards choices, this one provides some clear and basic ideas. A delightfully tame excursion. --Kirkus Review

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My 2 year old and I love this book!
A. L. Moore
It's a quick, fun read, and as you would expect, there's a hidden hippo (or as best as a hippo can hide) on every page.
D. Dunlap
Cute illustrations, great read for a bedtime story.
Britt

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Neely on October 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Hidden Hippo by Joan Gannij & Clare Beaton This adorable book will be a favorite from early toddler through pre-school years. It is a simple story in rhyming verse with jungle animals on each page. The illustrations are wonderfully stitched by Clare Beaton with her felt and embroidery, bric-a-brac and fabulously appropriate fabrics, which create all the colorful jungle scenes. And to your child's delight there is a hippo hiding on each page. The kids will adore pointing out each one they find. A perfect gift for any pre-schooler. The end matter has facts about each of the animals depicted and great information to share with your child about protecting endangered species of the world, especially some hippos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Dunlap on July 17, 2011
Format: Board book
My daughter's almost a year old, and continues to hand me this book to read to her-- sometimes several times in a row.

It's a quick, fun read, and as you would expect, there's a hidden hippo (or as best as a hippo can hide) on every page. What I like about the book, especially when it's been handed for me to read for the 4th time in a row, is that there is a lot going on in the illustrations. We will do whole "reads" of this book where we do nothing but point out and name the multitude of animals in it. Zebras, rhinos, lions, elephants, crocodiles, etc. etc. I honestly don't know what makes her take to a book, because it's not all of them. That said, she has taken to this book, and I like reading it to her and teaching her other animals than the farm animals that most of her books are about.
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By J. Walker on May 25, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is a fun introduction into African animals. The hippo is not too hard to find and the children love looking at each animal and searching for the hippo.
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This colorful book is fun to look at with all the colors and designs the illustrator has used. While it is not my grandson's favorite hippo book at this time, it still displays various wild animals on each page with a hippo who fades into the background because of his plain color. But even a toddler can spot the "hidden hippo" on each page. And the adult reader can appreciate the designs and colors the illustrator has utilized.
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