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  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (May 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616330597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616330590
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,520,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BIO:
Margot Finke is an Aussie transplant who writes mid-grade adventure fiction and rhyming picture books. For many years she has lived in Oregon with her husband and family. Gardening, travel, and reading fill in the cracks between writing. Their three children are now grown and doing very well. Margot didn't begin serious writing until the day their youngest left for college. This late start drives her writing, and pushes her to work at it every day. Margot said, "I really envy those who began young, and managed to slip into writing mode between kid fights, diaper changes, household disasters, and outside jobs. You are my heroes!"

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Let your child take a MAGIC CARPET RIDE to fun and adventure with my books.

Many kids today are reluctant readers (especially boys) , or they might have some other kind of reading problems. I write books with a WOW factor that helps to HOOK these kids on reading.

My rhyming picture books are fun as well as educational:
*Kangaroo Clues - a Dreamtime fable. How Old Man Roo escapes the wild dogs.
*Ruthie and the Hippo's Fat Behind - how to turn our child into a brat.
*Rattlesnake Jam - pure boy fun!
*Horatio Humble Beats the Big D - help and encouragement for dyslexic kids.
*Mama Grizzly Bear - a year in the life of Mama and her cubs.
Horatio Humble and Ruthie both have parent/teacher guides.

Kids today are computer savvy. They love trying new apps and technology. That's why my young teen books, on Amazon's KINDLE + (soft cover), are a terrific way to encourage your child to read.

*Taconi and Claude-Double Trouble:
Aussie outback adventure + chatty Cockatoo.
*The Revenge of Thelma Hill:
Ghost mystery set in Oregon. Chills on every page!
*Down Under Calling:
Amazing things happen, when an angry Andy and his grandma, separated by an ocean, share letters, her stories of growing up in Australia, and their daily lives, making the impossible. . .possible.

Listen to me read from my books:
*Ruthie and the Hippo's fat Behind: http://youtu.be/4nX2svp9QTs
*Horatio Humble: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7WaY4qTpuQ
*The Revenge of Thelma Hill: http://youtu.be/sLA1vr8b09Y
*Taconi and Claude: http://youtu.be/eD8DblIxnHk

Or download a FREE "Sneak Peek" inside ALL my books (pdf):
http://tinyurl.com/8qw44al

My Pinterest boards offer "Book Reviews" and a host of helpful articles and interviews, teckie and writing help + more.http://pinterest.com/margotfinke/

Discover lots more on my website : http://www.margotfinke.com

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BOOK PROMO PLANS:

For over a year now, I have been working to interest teachers and librarians throughout the US in SKYPE Author Visits.
My work and contacts are finally paying off. I have done several school visits within the us already.

Even more exciting is the fact that I have quite a few lined up, some of them overseas - one already completed in New Zealand.

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In the back of the book you will find a parent teacher guide with helpful hints on dealing with issues of change.
Kristi Bernard
Here's how it all started: Young Ruthie's mood changed overnight, her smiles slunk off in gloom... Her moods grew big and ugly, like some Hippo's fat behind!
GABixler
Oregonian artist K.C. Snider's illustrations add their own touch of humor, complementing the tone and mood of Ruthie's tale.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
Young Ruthie's mood changed overnight, her smiles slunk off in gloom.
She wouldn't talk to Mom or Dad. She refused to leave her room.
Her parents scolded, begged and coaxed, but Ruthie paid no mind,
Her moods grew big and ugly, like some Hippo's fat behind!

Thus begins this humorous rhyming picture book about the effect that a major change can have in a child's life and the selfless love that can bring about healing and joy once again.

Ruthie isn't happy--not happy at all. In fact, she feels as big and ugly as a hippo's fat behind. That's because she's moved house, and that means leaving her old home and her best friend behind. It also means fitting in a new school and going through the stress of making new friends, something Ruthie isn't willing to do.

Her parents try many things to make Ruthie feel better, but nothing seems to work. One thing is for sure: Ruthie is getting from bad to worse. She hates her dad's jokes; she hates her mom; she refuses to do her chores. She even decides to dress like a crazy person, with a wild hairdo and socks that don't match, anything to show her anger, sadness and frustration. Then one day, while Ruthie is sitting alone on the porch, she receives a visit from an unexpected guest and this changes her life forever, transforming her back into the caring, affectionate child she originally was. Want to know who that unexpected visitor is? You'll have to read the story to find out!

Ruthie and the Hippo's Fat Behind will keep young readers giggling until the end. It is a funny, sweet story of change, one most children will relate to. Author Margot Finke has a gift for rhyme and it shows in the smoothness and wittiness of her verses. Oregonian artist K.C.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GABixler VINE VOICE on October 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
Margot Finke provides a Parent Teacher Guide in the back of her book which gives a list of questions that can be used to have a discussion with a child/children. One of the questions was "Did you like the Hippo? Do you think he stole Ruthie's story."

At first my response was "yes" because I couldn't "see" the connection between the title and the story. But then I realized--I'm no longer a kid! And kids always love pictures of animals! And I must say that the Hippo is indeed very cute--thanks to the wonderful work of K. C. Snider who illustrated Margot's book, Ruthie and The Hippo's Fat Behind!

Ruthie has moved far away from her home and friends.

And, as they say, she was not a happy camper!

In fact, she had become downright rude!

Here's how it all started:

Young Ruthie's mood changed overnight, her smiles slunk off in gloom...

Her moods grew big and ugly, like some Hippo's fat behind! (p. 1)

Now you may not have noticed it so much since I only shared two lines...but this whole book is told by Margot...in rhyme! And I must say she's very good at rhyming!

She's also very good at highlighting possible problems when a child's personality and normal behaviour has drastically changed, perhaps because of a family's relocation.

And then she explores not only one great option to consider, but, as mentioned earlier, has an entire list of thoughts and suggestions for a parent or teacher to consider when a child has gone through a big change.

Simple message, straight forward, but in such a colorful poetic manner! Adults can use the book to discuss not only Ruthie's change of moving from home, but as a guide for any change that might be upsetting a child.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Bernard on September 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a great rhyming story for a parent who needs to help a child handle change. Change is one thing that is constant in this world. But for kids it can prove to be devastating. In the back of the book you will find a parent teacher guide with helpful hints on dealing with issues of change.

Ruthie's family has uprooted her from friends and a world that she had come to know. She reacts by becoming very moody and rude. She doesn't take care of herself and she is acting out with her parents.

Being alone is no fun for Ruthie. She doesn't have any friends and her moods are getting worse. Her face is becoming creased from always frowning. One day Ruthie was sitting outside, her mood was at its worst, she heard some whimpering. For once she wasn't thinking of her own misery. Her frown was turned upside down. You will have to read the story to find out what changed everything for Ruthie.
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Ruthie was a young girl who used to be sweet and nice, until her and her family moved across the state into a different house. Ruthie was having a hard time making friends and adjusting to the change. It was because of this that she turned into quite a grump. Her attitude was terrible, she was rude and disrespectful, she was giving her parents sass and her choice in holey and mismatched apparel was atrocious. She was silently screaming out for help.

Then one day as Ruthie sat, even more depressed, on the stairs towards the back of her yard, she discovered something. The noise was soft at first, but when she listened harder, her heart began to race, it was the sound of a whimper. Could whatever the noise be change her attitude and turn her back into the sweet girl she once was?

This story is simply told, and describes well how children can be affected when a big change disrupts their lives. It is told in a rhyming and fun fashion that children will enjoy, with the colorful illustrations depicting each moment in Ruthie's grumpy tale all the way until she changes her ways. A parent's guide in the back of the book will help parents handle certain situations and advise them in how to handle them. Children, who are going through similar situations as Ruthie, will benefit most from this 16 page picture book, as parents discuss with them the moral of the story.

A minor quibble, because this is supposed to be a story meant to teach a lesson in a fun way, and because this reviewer has moved 20 times in her lifetime and knows how it is, Ruthie's parents should have recognized the signs and knew that she was having a hard time adjusting.
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