Frank Baum's collection, American Fairy Tales in On one of the upper branches of the Congo river lived an ancient and aristocratic family of hippopotamuses, which boasted a pedigree dating back beyond the days of Noah--beyond the existence of mankind--far into the dim ages when the world was new. They had always lived upon the banks of this same river, so that every curve and sweep of its waters, every pit and shallow of its bed, every rock and stump and wallow upon its bank was as familiar to them as their own mothers.
I think kids can get a lot out of this little board book, and think Sandra Boynton is a genius when it comes to short and pointed poems and her drawings accompany the story nicely, despite their simple cartoony style.
My Daughter and I still feel sorry for the armadillo though. It was a great book until the very last page. Spoiler alert, the Hippo is excluded the whole book but then is included in the end.
But then they exclude the Armadillo instead! This could have been a 5 star book about including everyone if the author had simply left out the last page, but instead became about excluding the less fortunate. She kills all the other animals because they were mean to her.
The story is very amusing. My daughter loved this book when she was younger. Well, if I could have one wish, it would be for peace on earth.
But if I could have two wishes, it would be peace on earth and a recording of Small Change era Tom Waits reading this. It totally fits as a song of his. At least, it did when I tried to do the voice. Feb 16, Gurband Mann rated it liked it Easy read.
Finished it in one day.Jul 24, · A poem a day, complete with analysis, criticism, biographical info, literary anecdotes, trivia, and our own skewed sense of humour:) Newer Post Older Post Home The Hippopotamus -- .
Recent Examples on the Web. Carved ivory upper and lower dentures (18th century) The first dentures were made of hippopotamus ivory, which was thought to be more durable. — Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, "This Exhibition Has Real Bite," 7 June For example, more than 40 hippopotamuses roam free in Colombia, stemming from a handful that wandered away from his private zoo.
It is evident that the hippopotamus is a metaphor for the Catholic Church in the sixth stanza, “The Church can sleep and feed at once.” This is an absurdity. Hippopotamuses cannot fly. This metaphor mocks the ideas of assumption and ascension into heaven which are strongly held by Catholics.
some more analysis of the actuall words. The Hippopotamus by Ogden grupobittia.com the hippopotamus We laugh at how he looks to us And yet in moments dank and grim I wonder how we look to him.
Peace peace thou hippopotamus We. Page/5(3). During this research paper I learned many facts about hippopotamuses that I was not previously aware of. The hippopotamus is a part of the Animalia kingdom and from that it branches into being a part of the phylum, Chordata. A tragic story of exclusion, bigotry and prejudice, while ultimately celebrating redemption.
A satisfying read, but one I feel is let down by the lack of any attempt to explore the motives of the characters/5.