The Turtle and the Hippopotamus
Illustrated by Tomek Bogacki Published May 2002
A turtle won’t swim across the river because she is afraid of the hippopotamus standing in the middle of it. She asks a bird, a grasshopper, some ants, and a possum what to do, but she still can’t find the courage to cross to the delicious reeds on the other side—until she makes a new friend. Playful art swings and loops around the page, moving the story forward.
…many beginning readers will delight in the rebus concept and enjoy piecing the appealing story together; a puzzle key offers additional support on each page. A crowded but enticing offering. —Gillian Engberg
Playful art swings and loops around the page, moving the story forward…Kate Banks and Tomek Bogacki have created another delightful rebus book for readers and pre-readers to enjoy together.
Miss Marple's Musings
While not an easy rebus book as Bogacki’s illustrations do fill up all the space on each double page, I think inquisitive preschoolers will rise to solving the puzzle with appreciation. The animals all look so friendly, I want to play with them, even the ants.