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Hot Hippo (African Animal Tales) Paperback – October 1, 1986

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From Publishers Weekly

Warm-colored watercolors along with a starkly rhythmic text create an African atmosphere for this striking picture book. The same talented author/artist team that created Greedy Zebra! tells the tale of a hot hippo, who prefers to live in the water instead of on land. He turns to Ngai, god of Everything and Everywhere, but Ngai is inclined not to grant Hippo's wish, fearing he will eat all the fish (and bellowing, "I love my little fishes!"). When Hippo promises not to, Ngai consents under the condition that Hippo " . . . come out of the water at night and eat grass . . . " The happy hippo runs back, jumps in the water and sinks. He only knows how to run along the bottom holding his breath, and to this day that is what he doessurfacing now and then to tell Ngai he still keeps his promise. One question remains unanswered. How happy is Hippo down there?
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PreSchool-Grade 2 Short declarative sentences that have rhythm and cadence tell the story of Hippowho was hot! He asks permission of the god Ngai to cool himself in the rivers and streams, promising never ever to eat a fish. Ngai agrees, securing Hippo's agreement to live on the land at night and eat grass. The pages are ablaze with color and activityred and orange double-page spreads depict the unrelenting heat; these contrast with the soft blues and greens of the cool river. Animals meander and congregate; ants and birds cluster, while Hippo wanders off alone to seek Ngai's permission to swim. Beguiling Hippo is a lumpy, lumbering pachyderm who looks absolutely miserable as he seeks shade under a small cluster of fronds; bewildered as he leaps into the river, only to discover that he can't swim; and perfectly content as he opens his mouth to prove that he has kept his bargain: ``Look, Ngai! No fishes!'' A perfect pourquoi story that's bound to become a story hour staple, as well as a hot item for beginning readers. Trev Jones, ``School Library Journal''
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: African Animal Tales (Book 9)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Children's (October 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340413913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340413913
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 4, 1999
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Mwenye Hadithi writes wonderful animal fables. Hippo is amongst his sweetest. I wish the book was still in hardcover! Makes an excellent read-aloud, and the watercolor illustrations are a great complement.
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This book, with its vivid and whimsical watercolors and delightful tone, is a fun and rewarding read-aloud book to share with any child. Hippo's gentle and happy personality captures small children's attention, while the all-powerful Ngai -- "god of Everything and Everywhere -- gives them a delicious shiver up their spine. I have read this book aloud for children uncountable times and have yet to see it fail to please. It should be back in print! So, if you can get your hands on a copy, enjoy.
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I purchased several of the "African Animal Tales" books, including this one, for our school library.
The children have absolutely fallen in love with them. The service was quick and just as described.
I intend to buy more in this series.
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This book was given to me by my mother-in-law who used to read it to my husband when he was a small child. I have never had so much fun with a book while reading it to kids. "AHA!" They love to read it with you. It warms your heart and creates some unforgettable memories as you learn why children's version of why the hippo lives in water. I highly suggest to every parent with a boy or girl. It's wonderful.
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I loved this book as it tells in very vivid colors how this hot hippo wanted so much to go into the water. The pages remind me of the heat and desert like conditions of Africa. The colors used to convey the heat and dryness are magnificent. It is short so my three year old niece will be intrigued by its pages. I would recommend this to anyone who has a child and wants them to feel and see Africa and the beauty of story telling.
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This is a wonderful book in this author's series of books about how animals acquired various traits. I teach kindergarten and read these stories to my class every year. I highly recommend them. The illustrations are bright and appealing and the stories are humorous and fun to discuss. Also a good complement to Kipling's Just So stories.
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By Janice Chassier on December 27, 2012
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Used as an intro to an art lesson. Good book. I can't believe they require a minimum amount of words. Crazy. They want an opinion and then ask for so many words. What are they nuts!
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By alexis on January 2, 2015
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I used to read this book as a kid. Now I bought it for my 2 year old niece. She loves it! And owns almost all the other books by this author. Great story and great illustrations!
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