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Sad, Mad, Glad Hippos    by Jane Yolen & Vlasta van Kampen order for
Sad, Mad, Glad Hippos
by Jane Yolen
Order:  USA  Can
Key Porter, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Sad, Mad, Glad Hippos is one in a trio of Hippos-themed Alligator Tales board books, written by Jane Yolen and whimsically illustrated by Vlasta van Kampen.

The 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.'

After 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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