A Story For Hippo by Simon Puttock

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Hippo and Monkey are best friends. Hippo is the oldest and wisest animal in the jungle, and Monkey is the funniest. Every day, they eat cabbages and play games and tell stories.When Hippo dies, Monkey is sad. Who will tell him stories? Who will laugh at his jokes? Who will be his very best friend?With beautiful simplicity, A Story for Hippo answers difficult questions in a way that even a very young child can understand and shows us how to keep the spirit of a cherished person alive forever.

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Simon Puttock was born in New Zealand and, as a child, traveled all over the world with his family. He wanted to be a vet when he was little, but grew up to become a bookseller. He was particularly interested in children's books and was chosen to be a judge for the Whitbread Children's Book short list. He has since become a full-time writer, creating twenty-four children's books and winning the Early Years award at the Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children's Books in 2006. Simon lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Vivian French lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has written dozens of books, including GROWING FROGS, also illustrated by Alison Bartlett. "I've always loved dinosaurs," she says, "and the fact that we know so little about them fascinates me. In my lifetime the experts have changed their minds many times over. Maybe T. rex will turn out to be a dragon!" Alison Bartlett lives in Bath, England, with her son, Joel. Together they search for dinosaur fossils but have yet to find one.
Published July 1, 2001 by Egmont Books Ltd. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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After his best friend dies, Monkey learns from Little Chameleon how to remember his beloved Hippo “happily ever after.” The friendship between Monkey and Hippo is well established as one between an older and younger animal, the older one filling the younger one’s days with stories.

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