by Valeri Gorbachev
Published April. 2017
Sterling Children's Books
Little Hippo is the youngest in his family . . . and the smallest. Smaller than his parents and siblings. Smaller than his friends, too, from old Crocodile to giant Elephant. And even though everyone promises he’ll grow, Little Hippo doesn’t want to wait. He wants to be big RIGHT NOW! But when he helps a creature even tinier than himself, Little Hippo learns that it’s the size of his heart that counts most of all.
All young children seem to want to grow up and be big or, at least, bigger than someone else. This is what happens with Little Hippo. When he helps a small beetle, he feels big for the first time. You can't help but want to cheer for him as he runs through the forest shouting "I'm big!". There are elements of repetition and opportunities for children to actively engage with the story.
The ink and watercolor illustrations are done in soft earth tones. The animal characters are very sweet with expressive faces.
Little Big Hippo would make a fun read aloud for ages 2-5.
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