Sad, Mad, Glad Hippos
Jane Yolen & Vlasta van Kampen
Key Porter, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ad, Mad, Glad Hippos
is one in a trio of
board books, written by Jane Yolen and whimsically illustrated by Vlasta van Kampen.
he story opens with '
Hippos sad, / Hippos blue, / Having nothing / Else to do.
' It's a grey day and those massive creatures go through the same range of emotions as small children in the same circumstances. Boredom leads to anger and conflict ... '
Calling names, / Pulling hair! / Hippos in / The time-out chair.
fter the eruption, these critters are sorry about being bad and ready to be glad ... '
Hippos run. / Hippos follow. / Happily / Into the wallow.
' Small children will laugh at the lumpish hippos' tantrums, while identifying with their feelings - especially if they've recently been sad, mad, bad and glad themselves.
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