Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! By Kristyn Crow -OPTIONAL

Crow, Kristyn Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! Alfred Knopf, 2016. $15.99.  PICTURE BOOK
In this story a noisy annoying bird is determined to become friends with a solitary hippo. The hippo desperately just wants to be left alone and when he does manage to ditch the bird, he is perfectly joyously happy. The bird proves itself useful and in the end the two become friends.
I am not sure the ‘lesson’ here works for students, the annoying student that keeps pestering another student for friendship, doesn’t usually end in friendship. I think it would be different if the hippo needed a friend, but he seemed perfectly fine alone. The illustrations are bright and engaging.

EL(K-3)  –OPTIONAL  Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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