Starting with a pair of yellow mittens, a purple hippo prepares to bundle up to go outside and play in the snow. Using humor and visual clues, primary and secondary colors are identified for the toddler set. The third entry in a new board book series by artist Jennifer Sattler (Dirty Birdies and Jungle Gym).
|Interest Level||Preschool - Kindergarten|
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|Publisher||Sleeping Bear Press|
|Available Formats||Boardbook (9781534110021), PDF (9781534126411), Hosted ebook (9781534126541)|
|Number of Pages||22|
|Dimensions||7 x 5|
Kirkus Reviews - Bundle
A cute, purple hippo models winterwear in a variety of colors and makes a snowman an offer it can’t refuse. This sweet and simple board book engages children on several levels, first by introducing colors and various winter garments, then by encouraging them to review those colors—reading them, if they’re able—and count the number of instances of each. Not bad, given the deceptively simple narrative. The book opens with the unnamed pachyderm protagonist at the window, watching the snow fall. A series of two-panel spreads follows, text on verso, illustration on recto. “Where are my yellow mittens?” asks the hippo with a puzzled look on its face. The question is answered with a turn of the page: “Here are my yellow mittens,” the hippo announces, forefeet snugly fitted inside the protective handgear in question. The rest of the book follows suit, with a green scarf, a red coat, and a blue hat. The charming illustrations of the toddler hippo, buried beneath preposterously thick layerings of scarf on one page or eyes obscured by an impossibly floppy hat on another, should provoke happy giggles. Once bundled, the little hippo runs outside and exchanges all that winter gear with a snowman, making off with its yummy “orange” carrot nose. The final two pages review the colors, spelled out letter by letter, and the names of the pictured items (gloves, scarves, carrots, etc.) and invite readers to count how many times each appears. Brief—but surprisingly useful, and adorable to boot.
Author, Illustrator: Jennifer Sattler
Jennifer Sattler is the award-winning author and illustrator of numerous children’s books, including the new board books Dirty Birdies and Jungle Gym, as well as the picture book Sylvie, and the Pig Kahuna and the Chick ’n’ Pug series. She lives in upstate New York, where she delights in embarrassing her children and having meaningful conversations with her dog, Henry. Learn more about her at jennifersattlerbooks.com.
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