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How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at…

How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships

by Robin Page, Steve Jenkins

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I would use this book with fifth grade because it is focused on factual information that the younger students are not using until the higher grades. I would use this book as an independent read because this is a complex book with unfamiliar words but is a good book for them to read to understand the partnerships within different biomes.
  SaraGraviss | Mar 1, 2017 |
4th Grade. Teaches about unusual animal relationships that a student of this age would enjoy. Independent Read, would be enjoyed by animal lovers and children who like weird facts.
  TimGordon | Feb 24, 2017 |
I love this book!! I think it is fascinating for kids and adults; even though it is geared for students. I would definitely have this in my classroom from 2nd grade and on, not only to teach with, because it matches the 3rd grade NGSS standards, but for my students to enjoy during free read. I think this would be enjoyed by all students at some point, because it genuinely is kind of cool how so many different animals work together. ( )
  rachelpelston | Apr 29, 2016 |
This is an interesting book filled with facts you would not normally think about! It shows how many different species work together in strange way like why a mongoose comes running when a warthog lays down, how a crab an iguana help each other and many other weird connections. ( )
  jennabushong | Apr 25, 2016 |
How to Clean a Hippopotamus is an illustrated non-fiction introductions to some of the interesting ways animals cooperate with each other. Formatted like a graphic novel, the book is comprised of short sections, usually only a page or two, each of which portrays a different partnership. The subjects range from predatory animals hunting together to tiny crabs using anemones to fight off big fish. Each subject is interesting, but a lack of a progressive or varied narrative structure causes the reader’s interest to wane toward the end of the book. While the limited use of text might give the impression that this book is for young readers, it is better suited to children at a higher reading level, who have been exposed to some scientific concepts. The language is concise and dynamic, leaving most of the description to the illustrations. The illustrations are boldly-colored, simplified realistic collages that depict each animal or pair of animals and provide detail that is absent from the text. Details about each of the animals in the book is provided in the back, along with a list of other books to allow readers to continue their exploration of the subject. How to Clean a Hippopotamus is not a serious informational text for children who are mature enough to understand it, but it is a light-hearted resource for sparking readers’ interest in science at home or in the library. Recommended. Grades 5-7 ( )
  kottenbrookk | Oct 19, 2014 |
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This is a book about animal symbiosis, offering readers a close up, step-by-step view of natures fascinating partnerships.  You will find many facts throughout the book like why a mongoose comes running when a warthog lies down, and how a crab and an iguana help each other out, and why ravens follow wolves, and much more.
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What does a water buffalo see in an egret? Why would a badger want a coyote for company? What makes a horse mackerel think he can hang around with a Portugese man-of-war---and live to tell about it? In this fascinating picture book, Steve Jenkins and Robin Page explore these and many other instances of mutualism: the mutually beneficial symbiotic relationships that can be found everywhere in the animal kingdom.

But in addition to the husband and wife team's trademark style of cut paper illustrations and fascinating text, they will also cover new artistic ground. Drawing upon the style of the graphic novel, they will use a series of illustrative frames from different points of view to illuminate just why that water buffalo and egret need each other, exactly how that badger and coyote work together, and the unbelievable manner in which the horse mackeral and man-of-war lend each other a helping hand. Quid pro quo has never look quite like this!

Amazon Exclusive: A Letter from Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, Authors of How to Clean a Hippopotamus

Dear Amazon Reader,

Robin and I keep a file of animal facts and images that have caught our attention for one reason or another. At some point we realized that we'd accumulated a lot of information about animal symbiosis, and we thought it would be fun to do a book on the subject. We decided to focus on mutualism, a symbiotic relationship in which all the participants benefit. Quite a few children's books have been written about symbiosis. Once we started really researching the subject, however, we found a lot of fascinating relationships that we'd never come across in a children's book.

Most of our books about animals have the same basic structure: a portrait and a paragraph or two of explanatory text. In these books a single image represents one moment in time in the life of an animal. But many symbiotic relationships are characterized by a kind of tit-for-tat, back and forth interaction. This suggested a different approach to the subject--one that could show a series of moments in time. We thought that a graphic-novel format would be an interesting way to deal with sequences of images. We also hoped that this approach might appeal to some of those slightly older readers who've left picture books behind and moved on to chapter books.

As authors and illustrators, our favorite symbiotic relationship might be the cooperative hunting behavior of the coyote and badger (unfortunately, it often turns out badly for the prairie dogs they hunt). As participants, the human/dog relationship is definitely our favorite.

- Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

(Photo © Tim Tucker)

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:15 -0400)

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