Monday, February 25, 2013

Hippospotamus


Hippospotamus
by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross
Andersen Press, 2012.  Unpaged.  Picture Book

     "Hippopotamus had a spotamus . . . on her bottomus!"  A pink one, to be exact.  Everyone has a theory and a cure.  The weasel thinks it's measles.  Her sister thinks it's a blister. Hippopotamus moves anxiously from one diagnosis to another, one cure to the next (put on your winter clothes, scrub your skin with soot, etc.) but the spot lives on. Finally a young boy reveals the answer, and the (kind of gross) cure.  Some fun, particularly as a read-aloud.

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