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A Story for Hippo: A Book about Loss

Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Simon Puttock
Illustrator: Alison Bartlett
Date of Publication: 2001
ISBN: 0439262194
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Aug. 2002

Synopsis: Hippo and Monkey are the best of friends. Hippo tells many stories that make Monkey laugh, but when the time comes for Hippo to head towards greener pastures, Monkey quickly learns that no one lives forever and that Hippo's legacy can live on by telling stories (some with Hippo in them) to his new friend Chameleon.

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  Draw and tell a new story "with Hippo inside it."
•  Draw one of Monkey and Hippo's adventures.
•  Make a hippo or monkey mask.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!