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A shy hippo makes a big impact in this Sandra Boynton classic.Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sureA shy hippo makes a big impact in this Sandra Boynton classic.Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sure to educate and entertain children of all ages....

Title : But Not the Hippopotamus
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ISBN : 9780671449049
Format Type : Board Book
Number of Pages : 14 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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But Not the Hippopotamus Reviews

  • Philip Smith
    2019-01-29 16:54

    A tragic story of exclusion, bigotry and prejudice, while ultimately celebrating redemption. A satisfying read, but one I feel is let down by the lack of any attempt to explore the motives of the characters. Why were the moose and the goose together having juice without the hippopotamus? We do not find out. Without wanting to post spoilers, I will also add that the denouement contains a twist worthy of M. Night Shyamalan.

  • Argott
    2019-02-19 22:41

    Parents are faced with all sort sorts of difficult questions. Are feature-length Disney films too scary for kids? Will taking away the toy gun that your child carved from a bar of soap inhibit her creative spirit? Is it okay to spank your children after they punch you in the stomach? And will the aforementioned spanking only teach them to try to run away more quickly the next time they assault you? (For those of you without kids, the answer to each question is yes.)On each rereading of this beloved children's book I am bothered by the isolation of the hippopotamus, and later, the armadillo. Who hasn't hidden behind a tree wondering why they are being excluded? However, it's obvious why the hog and the frog and the cat and the rats and the moose and the goose and the bear and the hare are so reticent. Hippopotamuses are widely acknowledged to be among the most dangerous animals in Africa. And armadillos carry leprosy.And now parents face a new difficult question: Are young children ready to learn the truth about hippos and dillos? After reading But Not the Hippopotamus to my children for six of the longest years of my life, I strongly believe that this book is far more harmful to the adult who reads it than the child who hears it. Children, god-bless them, are resilient.

  • Pooja
    2019-01-31 21:40

    This hippopotamus was so cute. I'm reading this again!

  • Eric
    2019-01-19 15:49

    This is a great poem about the trials of being a non-standard person in a world where everyone else rhymes. I think kids can get a lot out of this little board book, and think Sandra Boynton is a genius when it comes to short and pointed poems and her drawings accompany the story nicely, despite their simple cartoony style.My Daughter and I still feel sorry for the armadillo though.

  • Bookfanatic
    2019-01-28 23:53

    I personally love this book and I'm an adult. It's a cute story about what other animals do, but not the hippo who doesn't seem to be allowed to do anything except at the end she does do something. She kills all the other animals because they were mean to her. No, no, she doesn't. I'm joking. The story is very amusing. My daughter loved this book when she was younger. Boynton's books aren't very babyish. She uses words like "cavort" "bog" which you typically don't see in toddler and preschool books and I like that. It's good for expanding a child's vocabulary.

  • Erica
    2019-01-26 21:55

    The book is well written and illustrated, but it's a horrible plot. It was a great book until the very last page. Spoiler alert, the Hippo is excluded the whole book but then is included in the end. But then they exclude the Armadillo instead! This could have been a 5 star book about including everyone if the author had simply left out the last page, but instead became about excluding the less fortunate. I've decided to cover up the last page and create an alternate ending so that I don't hate this story.

  • Mike
    2019-02-01 17:48

    Why is this five stars you ask? Well, if I could have one wish, it would be for peace on earth. But if I could have two wishes, it would be peace on earth and a recording of Small Change era Tom Waits reading this. It totally fits as a song of his. At least, it did when I tried to do the voice.

  • Kristen
    2019-01-19 21:50

    What I learned: anthropomorphized animals are not as exclusionary and mean as they may sometimes seem at first. Also, animals are cute. And "goose" and "moose" rhyme with "juice."

  • Bodi
    2019-01-26 16:57

    The classic tale of the shy person, feeling awkward and 'on the fringe' of the social circle. This book nevertheless tells the tale in an engaging manner. We are called to empathise with the heroine* of the story, as she watches the "cool kids" around her engaging in various activities.As is common with extremely shy people, it's not immediately apparent that she wishes to join in, so it's understandable that perhaps the others initially mistook her lack of participation as disinterest.Thankfully, the others collectively figure out what's really going on, and they seek to remedy the situation.My parents gave a copy of this book to my daughter, who was but a toddler at the time.While I had long been familiar with Ms. Boynton's illustrations, this was the first book of hers I read, and is thus the benchmark against which all others are compared. Her other books are, truly, wonderful in their own right, but I think this will always be my favourite.I'm fairly certain I had it memorised within a week, as both she and her brother asked me to read it "Again" ...That was nearly twenty years ago, but I can still recite it by heart, and with Dramatic Flair. (As is most appropriate)*Ms. Boynton, being a particularly astute writer, has not ascribed any restrictive gender roles to any of her characters in this remarkable book. The Hippo was merely referred to as "she" in our home because my daughter declared it- I suspect because the character was so well depicted that she could relate to her on a personal level.

  • midnightfaerie
    2019-01-28 18:32

    A cute Boynton book with a story line that all my children could enjoy, even if it was just to be able to repeat the word hippopotamus over and over again. Not one of our all time favorites, but adorable illustrations and one we all enjoyed.

  • Anselm
    2019-01-21 15:51

    Really thick pages. Good for miniature fingers. A tale of odd pairings and outcasts, with a sequel hinted at involving an armadillo.

  • Mary
    2019-01-29 19:40

    My 2 year old says: "It was amazing. I really liked it." At the end, he says "the armadillo is sad because he wants to come. The armadillo wants to cry." Hugs.

  • Aneesa
    2019-02-07 17:50

    The more I think about this, the more I think the rhyme scheme is a plot device.

  • Gurband Mann
    2019-02-10 23:37

    Easy read. Finished it in one day

  • Emily
    2019-02-06 22:46

    More excellent Boynton. The best thing about this one is that Iris unfailing breaks into a HUGE grin when the animal pack comes scurrying back for the hippo. It must be because of our delivery; it's the cutest.

  • Ryan
    2019-01-24 19:45

    Boynton has a way with words and illustrations. It is a fun sing song rhyme that works in whatever format it is in.

  • Samantha
    2019-01-19 17:57

    A rhyming board book in which groups of animals seem to be excluding the hippopotamus from their fun, but ask her to join in by story's end. A fun read aloud for the Toddler and PreK crowd.

  • Travis Mulhauser
    2019-01-30 22:52

    One of my all-time favs, didn't like the end, so I rewrote the last page with a sticky label to include the armadillo

  • Katie Johnson
    2019-01-29 21:42

    This book is all about a Hippopotamus who lives as an outcast in a world where everything else rhymes. She is excluded from the activities the other animals are participating in together and each page shows friends doing something together "but not the hippopotamus" in the end the whole group of animals ask if the hippopotamus would like to join them and while she says yes she goes with the group but now the armadillo is left behind. This book would be a good introduction to novels with similar characters who are excluded from communities based on their appearance or ideas and how they deal with prejudice and bigotry on a much larger scaleWhile this book would be an awesome introduction to a unit about the exclusive nature of some communities. It is also a great book to teach word choice because the author uses words like "cavort" and "bog" rather than more basic words that would be appropriate for young children.

  • Keith Irwin
    2019-02-11 16:01

    This is my favorite Sandra Boynton book. It rhymes nicely and flows well. The art is very cute. And it even had things you can ask the little one to count or find in the pictures. And it has a very cute ending. Plus you can even talk about how the characters in it feel and they all wind up modeling fairly good behavior. I highly recommend it.

  • Racquel
    2019-02-11 15:55

    Mercy likes Doggies better, but this is another cute children's book. Easy to read and get the feel for as the small phrases rhyme while telling the story. This one leaves something to be desired at the end however as the hippopotamus finally joins the group and we find an armadillo in it's place. So... will there another book in the series called But Not The Armadillo?...

  • Rebecca
    2019-01-19 22:58

    Typical of her style, it's fun, easy to read and short, so you can read it to young children and get to the end before they lose interest. I have some objection to the rhyming of "frog" and "hog" with "jog", but not enough to change my general enjoyment of reading this to children. We just mispronounce "jog" and laugh a lot.

  • Kathryn
    2019-02-12 23:38

    Not my favorite Boynton. I know it's supposed to be funny but the ending seemed kinda sad/mean after the otherwise happy resolution. Though I guess we can assume the happy resolution would come later again. Could still be a good teaching tool for including everyone and not making anyone feel left out.

  • Maria
    2019-02-02 17:43

    I've been living in the land of board books for the last few months, and Sandra Boynton's are my favorites so far, and this is my favorite of hers. The 5-month old likes them all, but this one is extra special to the sleep-deprived adults who find it very meaningful.

  • SaraLaLa
    2019-02-19 15:45

    Typical Sandra Boynton. Rhyme, rhythm, cute pictures, and a bit of a sense of humor. Essentially, the hippopotamus is excluded from many activities, until... she's not. The book ends in such a way that there could be a sequel if she chooses, but it's not necessary.

  • Darren
    2019-02-17 21:38

    I'm happy the hippo finally got to hang out with friends but the book leaves me feeling sad for the armadillo.

  • Valerie
    2019-02-05 20:01

    Between Karanina and the boys, I have read this book so many times, and I still think its funny.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-30 17:41

    We really liked the end with the armadillo!

  • Vegetable Princess
    2019-01-27 20:36

    This children’s board book is great for those times you are feeling left out. Childhood recollections may color my perceptions, but it’s surprisingly good at capturing the visceral sensations of not participating and not being sure whether your participation would be welcome.For the hippopotamus, her own inner life and her invisible-to-her choice not to join in without an explicit invitation are all that stops her from participating. This is a refreshing, relieving, simplistic fantasy for those of us with additional barriers to entry.As one would expect from a book only a few pages long, there are some loose ends. Does the hippopotamus continue engaging with the other animals? Does it become too much for her, or do whatever thoughts kept her from joining in resurface? The armadillo is simultaneously relieving and sad, even disturbing.Clearly I should look for a sequel. Why NOT the armadillo?

  • Katharine Coggeshall
    2019-02-19 18:52

    This is a cute story and a bit different than the other books she has written. It has sort of a somber feel at first, but not in a bad way. It's relatable for kids and the ending is positive. Kids like to read it again and again.