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Title:
A story for Hippo : a book about loss
Author:
Puttock, Simon.
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Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Summary:
Hippo and Monkey are best, best, best friends and when the wise old Hippo dies, Monkey is very sad until Chameleon helps him remember the stories he and Hippo shared.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 350 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 55265.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.4 2 Quiz: 25123 Guided reading level: L.
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ISBN:
9780439262194
Format :
Book

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This gentle, reassuring story for anyone who has lost a loved one features best friends Hippo and Monkey. Hippo is the oldest and wisest animal in the jungle, and spends every day with Monkey, playing games and telling stories. When Hippo dies, Monkey is sad. A simple text addresses difficult questions and shows how to keep the spirit of a cherished person alive. Full-color illustrations.


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Booklist Review

Ages 6-9. Books alone can't guide a child through grieving, but they can suggest healing ways of thinking about a lost loved one. Energetic Monkey loves being with wise old Hippo, listening to the stories of his "best best best friend." When, after a preparatory conversation, Hippo goes off into "the jungle's deepest shade where all the hippos go when it is time for them to die," Monkey turns gloomy and silent. Bartlett's richly hued riverside scenes are equally effective in capturing the affection between Hippo and his comically big-eared friend and Monkey's grief. Eventually, a shy chameleon creeps up to ask for "a story with Hippo in it," and Monkey finds comfort--as do the animals that gather around to listen--in telling his own tale about a monkey and a chameleon who miss a hippo but share happier experiences, too. A purposeful picture book, but one that sensitively explores the topic. --John Peters


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A story of friendship, death, and new beginnings. Monkey is young and rambunctious but his best friend is Hippo, "the oldest and wisest of all the animals." Hippo tells her young friend stories every night and laughs at his silly jokes while shy Chameleon listens. One night, she gently explains that she is very tired and is going to die. Puttock captures the loss of a friend and the slow process of healing. Chameleon and Monkey remember Hippo with her stories and begin new ones together. Using warm tones to show the grassland settings and cool colors along the banks of the river, Bartlett illustrates Monkey's grief process from his anger and tears to his slow recovery. This is a book that librarians will reach for when filling requests for stories about death for children.-Kathy M. Newby, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Russiaville, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.