McKee, David. Elmer and the Hippos. Andersen Press (Lerner Publishing Group), 2010. $16.95. PICTURE BOOK. Elmer, the patchwork elephant, is back for another story. This time the elephants aren’t happy because hippos have moved into their part of the river. The elephants talk about making the hippos leave, but Elmer tells them to wait. Elmer talks to the hippos who explain that their river dried up. Elmer tells the elephants about the hippos’ plight and then goes to investigate. He discovers that a rock slide has dammed the river. Elmer enlists the help of his cousin Wilbur to help him convince the elephants to help the hippos remove the rocks. They work together to remove the blockage and then enjoy playing in the river. Both the elephants and hippos invite each other to come back and visit at any time. Author/illustrator David McKee’s colorful patchwork elephant Elmer sets the stage for the vibrant illustrations. This simple story of empathy and teamwork is sure to appeal to children, parents, and teachers. EL – ADVISABLE. Samantha, Public Librarian.