The Turtle and the Hippopotamus by Kate Banks

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A fresh twist on trust and friendship

In this rebus book, a turtle won’t swim across the river because she is afraid of the hippopotamus standing in the middle of it. She asks a bird, a grasshopper, some ants, and a possum what to do, but she still can’t find the courage to cross to the delicious reeds on the other side – until she makes a new friend. Playful art swings and loops around the page, moving the story forward.

As they did in The Bird, the Monkey, and the Snake in the Jungle, which Booklist, in a starred review, called “a splendid collaboration between artist and writer,” Kate Banks and Tomek Bogacki have created another delightful rebus book for readers and pre-readers to enjoy together.

About Kate Banks

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Kate Banks is the recipient of the Charlotte Zolotow Award for The Night Worker. Her other titles include And If the Moon Could Talk, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner. She lives in the South of France with her husband and two children. Tomek Bogacki is the author and illustrator of My First Garden and Circus Girl. He lives in New York City.
Published May 2, 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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The creators of The Bird, the Monkey and the Snake in the Jungle (1999) offer another engaging animal tale told with rebuses, this one featuring a small turtle trying to find a way to cross a river without swimming past a huge blue hippo.

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Afraid of the Hippo in the middle, Turtle enlists a flock of friends to help her cross the river.

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