The Secret Life of Hippos

Afternoon!  I got a little off of my schedule being sick and I apologize, so before I post today’s Tiny Tot Tuesday – here is the review rundown for the next few days. Wednesday – “The Judge, ” Thursday – “Leap”, Friday – “Whisper” Saturday – “Paper Towns” (whew…that’s a lot of books.) anyways, here’s a cute one for your little ones.

Happy reading and remember: Reading is contagious…pass it on.

Hippos Go Berserk

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How dull, to be one hippo all alone… until the one calls two other hippos on the phone. Soon three more hippos are at the door, bringing along another four. Before the night is through, a houseful of hippos (and one beast) has joined the one hippo for a boisterous bash.

All through the hippo night,

Hippos play with great delight.

But at the hippo break of day,

The hippos all must go away.

In clusters of nine, eight, seven, six, and so on, the hippos depart, finally leaving the one hippo “alone once more, [missing] the other forty-four.”

The well-loved Sandra Boynton wrote this tribute to silliness in 1977, inspiring generations of the very young to learn to count. Lively, cute new illustrations complement this edition, with big numbers (one through nine, and nine through one) boldly placed on the corner of each page. The sturdy board book will withstand lots of eager counting fingers, and maybe even a berserk hippo or two. Boynton’s familiar style can be seen in scads of other delightfully nonsensical titles, including Barnyard Dance! and Moo, Baa, La La La!. (Ages 3 to 7) –Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly

One of the silliest, most fun counting books around features “One hippo, all alone, calls two hippos on the phone,” until a gang of 45 hippos assembles for a party.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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