Friday, September 11, 2015

Happy Hippos

We recently got this new juvenile nonfiction book at our library. It has great pictures and the text lends itself to condensing or telling so I tested it on my preschool grandsons. Big Hit!! thing led to another and I made up a couple of hippo rhymes and made a set of 5 hippos and we are ready for Happy Hippos at Storytime! Hippos are terrifying in real life but adorable in animation or illustrations in picture books. You know, there are a lot of pictures books that feature adorable illustrations of animals that are really not so nice in real life!! Anyway, I found a Google image that I tweaked a little and used some black slick fabric paint and little google eyes for my set of hippos. I remove one at a time as I do the rhyme and I put up the folded 'river' after the last hippo is gone. Then I unfold the river to show the 5 cool hippos swimming in the water! Makes me smile!

5 Hungry Hippos
Kathryn Roach

5 hungry hippos eating grass by the shore.
One went swimming in the river and that left 4.
4 hot hippos under a shady tree,
another went swimming and that left 3.
3 grazing hippos, found some grass to chew
another went swimming and that left 2.
2 hot, cranky hippos want to get out of the sun
one went swimming and that left 1.
1 lonely hippo needs the others for some fun!
He went swimming and now there are none...
But wait!...
Look in the river, what do we see?
5 cool hippos now happy as can be!!

The book, All God's Critters by Bill Staines features illustrations of the funniest hippo ever! Hippos can be a lot of Fun with Friends at Storytime! There are more great posts on the Flannel Friday Roundup. Check out the wonderful resources on the Flannel Friday Pinterest Boards. If you want more info about Flannel Friday here's the link for the official Flannel Friday blog. 


  1. These are the cutest hippos I have ever seen EVER. (I capitalize to impart TRUTH). And I love the little heads in the water, too. I don't usually do "5 little" rhymes where every thing does something different (too annoying to memorize!), but this is one you've convinced me to try.

  2. O.M.Goodness! Love the hippo heads in the water! Just perfect! ~ jane