The Hippopotamus Song: A Muddy Love Story

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Lovestruck hippos and their muddy escapades provide inspiration for a humorous song. Music included with book.

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Westcott's rollicking paintings provide an ideal visual accompaniment to this spirited song by the composers of the Broadway revue At the Drop of a Hat . Stylishly garbed, the lovestruck Hippo stands on the muddy banks of the Shalimar river, serenading the fair Hippopotamine, who is primping on a nearby hill. She joins her beloved after hearing his enticing tune: ("Mud! Mud! Glorious mud! / Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood. / So, follow me, follow, down to the hollow, /And there let us wallow in glorious mud.") Soon the melody has lured a throng of hippos to the river, where, clad in vibrantly colored beach attire, they surf, swim, snorkel and picnic--in the mud. This merry tale ends with Hippo and his love sunbathing almost alone: their baby hippo is playing close by--in the mud. With or without music--included on the final spread--this versification deserves a hearty hippo-ray. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 1-3-- A bold hippopotamus, stylishly clad in green and pink swim trunks, is standing on the banks of the cool Shalimar when he spies a ravishing hippopotamine maid, herself resplendent in a red bikini and hot pink tutu. He serenades her with a song about the glories of wallowing in mud, and, as she hasn't got a mother to deter her, she tiptoes down the hillside to join her admirer in a rousing duet. All of their singing and sloshing about attracts a veritable army of hippos, who soon join in the muddy revels. The authors are Broadway composers, and the music and lyrics are included at the end of the book. Westcott's flamboyant illustrations are perfectly suited to this amusing, if somewhat silly, story. --Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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