Ceora Brown LIBR 262A

Materials for Children 0-4

60) The Hiccuping Hippo [Pop-Up Book] by Keith Faulkner

on March 25, 2012

Faulkner, Keith and Jonathan Lambert. The Hiccuping Hippo [A Pop-Up Book]. 16 pages. Dial Books, 2004. ISBN: 0-8037-2963-4

“Hic!…Hic!…Hic!…” says the Hippo, because he has horrible hiccups. The Hiccuping Hippo needs help to stop his hiccups from erupting. The opening spread is a pop-out of a blue hippo, illustrated with blue water color, including different brush-strokes of blue, purple, and lavender,  as well as green sponge-speckles for added texture. Animal friends give the Hippo friendly advice on how to cure his hiccups. A pop-out of an upside-down Orangutan suggests for the hippo to drink water upside-down. A python pop-out suggests “Try holding your breath”  because it has previously worked for him. Too bad it did not work for the hippo. “Try this cure”  said the Stork, in which he pulled the Hippo’s tongue, assisted by the Orangutan. This cure does not work, either. A pop-out of the Orangutan, the python, and the stork are linked together, and as they think together they develop an idea that will cure the hippo of his hiccups.  With closed eyes, the hippo awaits. Then, BOO! The Orangutan, the python, and the stork startle the Hippo, curing his hiccups.  This is a great read-aloud-pop-up book, that presents the idea of helping others solve problems. A fun visual dynamic with a surprising end, that will  help to prepare toddlers for thinking and problem solving skills. (Pop-Up Book 3-5). No author/illustrator website.


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