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Summary: Hippo couldn't climb a tree, and Monkey didn't like the water, but that didn't stop the two jungle animals from being friends. Sometimes, though, Monkey could get pretty annoying. For the longest time, Monkey ignored Hippo's yell, but now he'd had enough. He hatched a plan to show Hippo what he looked like when he got mad. Would it be enough to fix their friendship? This picture book talks about friendship and would be suitable as an easy reader. There is a song you can download, too.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 7
Reading Level: 1.4
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: The story is well told, and even with the simple language it reads smoothly. It deserves better illustrations, though. The animals are out of proportion to the point of being distracting to the eye.
Pros: This story about friendship introduces children to the idea of reflection and compromise in a way they can understand it.
Cons: I wish the illustrations were as good as the story.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The story is worth sharing with children, either at home or in a school setting.
Educational Themes: This is a nice introduction to the genre of fables. The story is about friendship and opens the door to talking about changing our habits / compromising so that friends stay friends.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, fables and folklore, life lessons
Date(s) Reviewed: July 2013
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