Little Hippo feels like the smallest creature in the world. As he wanders through the jungle, everything is bigger or taller. Even the grass! As he's grumbling his way through the jungle, Little Hippo found and helped a baby beetle. When the beetle's family called him "big," Little Hippo was much happier, and he felt much bigger.
Young readers will see themselves in Little Hippo and may just be inspired to do something nice for someone smaller than them.
The themes in this picture book are perspective and accepting who you are.
Young readers - especially those with older siblings - will see themselves in Little Hippo. As you go through the story, stop and ask your young listener what they see or how they think Little Hippo feels. His perspective of himself changes, and that is something easily recognized by young readers.
The animals described also create opportunities for comparison, helping kids learn size and contrast concepts.
7 and Up
3 to 8
Borrow. The story is sweet and the illustrations are cute, but kids will outgrow the book pretty quickly.