Hippopotamus always laughs at Cheetah's jokes, but Cheetah decides to find a better friend who can run as fast as he can, in a colorful fable in which Cheetah discovers how much a real friend is worth. By the author of Polar Bear Scare.
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PreSchool-Grade 2-Cheetah likes to tell jokes and Hippo likes laughing at them. They are very good friends. Cheetah also likes to run fast, and when Hippo can't keep up, he finds speedier companions. Hippo is at first miserable and determined to build up speed, but he realizes that he just isn't built for running. Meanwhile, Cheetah's new pals won't listen to his jokes, so back he comes to Hippo and the friendship is resumed. There are several morals that might be drawn about the nature of friendship and being true to oneself. Fortunately, Camp refrains from stating them and lets the story stand on its own. Newton's bright, splashy watercolors of stylized animals are more evocative than the text. There is a strong sense of movement in the elongated Cheetah and his running mates as they seem to flow across the page. A decorative frieze winds along the bottom of each picture reflecting, expanding, commenting on the action. The unique illustrations help make this a palatable, even enjoyable lesson.
Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
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Ages 4-7. Cheetah tells bad jokes, and Hippopotamus listens and laughs his deep, bellowy laugh. That is why they are friends. But Cheetah wants his friend to run with him as well as listen to his jokes, and when Hippopotamus cannot keep up, Cheetah makes other friends. These new friends--Ostrich, Giraffe, and Hyena--can run fast, but they do not share Cheetah's sense of humor the way Hippopotamus does. Just when Hippopotamus realizes the silliness of trying to keep up with Cheetah, Cheetah realizes the silliness of trying to replace his friend Hippopotamus, and the two make up and return to telling jokes. The story is a bit bland and pat, but Newton's dynamic and bright watercolor illustrations add life and sparkle. With its focus on appreciating the value and nature of a true friendship, this book can be used in story programs having friendship as the theme. Add in accordance with collection needs. Annie Ayres
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Book Description Mantra Lingua/Tsai Fong, 2008. Book Condition: Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP59709427
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Book Description Mantra Lingua/Tsai Fong, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG1846114578