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Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm Kindle Edition
Get ready for a rainy-day adventure with Duck and Hippo!
Duck and Hippo may be completely different, but they are best friends. When playful Duck invites careful Hippo to go for a walk in the rain, they have trouble sharing Duck's umbrella. But Duck and Hippo won't let that stop them. Soon they are puddle-jumping and sailing down the river! Until…WHOOOSH! A terrible wind sends the umbrella flying up, up, up into the air, with one friend holding on. What will Duck and Hippo do now? Jonathan London's charming text and Andrew Joyner's delightful art bring to life two lovable friends in this fun new series.
From School Library Journal
“A sweet story of friendship between a proper hippo and a vivacious duck...This unlikely duo show that friendship comes in all shapes and sizes and pals are there for each other through thick and thin. Sure to be a storytime staple.” —School Library Journal
“Playful type and wordplay add to the amusement. Children are unlikely to feel any anxiety as these friends bumble along in the dark, so calm and good-hearted is the story. Friendship stories are plentiful, and outdoor adventures are not unusual, but this lively lark is a picnic basket full of fun.” —Kirkus Reviews
- ASIN : B01CCWQ8EA
- Publisher : Two Lions (March 1, 2017)
- Publication date : March 1, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 9338 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Sticky notes : Not Enabled
- Print length : 32 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #154,696 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #15 in Children's Duck Books (Kindle Store)
- #113 in Children's Duck Books (Books)
- #553 in Children's Books on Friendship
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Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2017
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Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm is the first book in the Duck and Hippo series by Jonathan London, a children's author whom I hadn't heard of before and I am curious to check out some of his other works. The book tells the story of two friends, Duck and Hippo, who are looking forward to enjoying springtime. Duck asks Hippo to join her for a walk in the rain and he agrees.
I don't want to spoil the story but I would like to say that the story shows the joy and fun of two friends playing in the rain and puddles together, among other adventures. The story contains themes of sharing, never giving up, and teamwork which are great for kids of all ages to learn. This book is about 30 pages long, has beautiful, colorful illustrations that in a way remind me of books I've seen from the 1950s, and is recommended for ages 3 to 7 and preschool through second grade. As I mentioned earlier, my twins are four and I feel this book is very appropriate for their age. It's long enough to give them a good story without losing their interest. They both sat with me through the story and didn't leave once! I'd say the book will take you about 5 minutes to read, perhaps a couple extra minutes if your child asks a lot of questions and you talk about what's going on in the story. It's also good for beginning readers because the words are challenging enough to give kids something to work toward.
The one thing I would caution you about before you purchase this book is the type of device you own. Because of the large file size and the colorful pictures, it won't work on some Kindle devices. I own a Kindle Paperwhite and this book isn't compatible with it. My kids have the Kindle Fire Kids Edition and this book works great with those. I also have a Samsung Galaxy S6 and use the Amazon Kindle app. This book also works well with my smartphone and, although it's smaller, I can still read the words. I'd recommend checking the list of compatible devices before you purchase this book.
Overall, this story is cute with adorable characters and themes to teach kids about the importance of sharing, never giving up, and teamwork. My kids liked it and I'm looking forward to reading it to them again! I recommend this book and am interested in other books by Jonathan London!
This is quite the duo - a Hippo and a Duck! The Duck is much more adventurous than the Hippo and is the one asking him the questions throughout the text. The little ones should enjoy the puddle-jumping, going through the mud and down the creek with Hippo and Duck. Of course, the adventure with the terrible wind will have the little ones wondering how that scenario will end. 'HELLLLLP!'
A couple of items caught my attention while reading the book. First, no matter what the problem may be in life, never give up and keep on trying. Sooner or later, you will find the answer as long as you keep trying. Really like that premise as it is one of life's valuable lessons. The earlier it is learned in life, the better equipped the little ones will be along their journey. Second, the reader will see that both Duck and Hippo are happy when sharing the umbrella and the adventures in the rainstorm. And, sharing that cup of warm tea at the conclusion. Sharing is so much better than being alone.
All in all, an outstanding book for children which has several lessons in it. There are no rhymes in it but still a five star read for me. I did read it on the Cloud reader and 'that worked just fine' -. a common phrase in the book as the Duck and the Hippo traveled together. The Hippo's red bow tie and yellow boots are adorable, too. There is delightful art work on all of the pages which accompanies the text perfectly.
Most highly recommended.
Please note that this is my Kindle First selection for February.
What is Duck's next adventurous suggestion? What happens when a very strong wind blows?
If you have ever read the Froggy series you will be familiar with this author. HOWEVER there is a HUGE difference between the character Froggy and the two characters in this book, Duck and Hippo. Froggy is often rude and disrespectful which you will find NONE of in this book. Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm is a FANTASTIC book. It is amusing, adventurous, extremely well illustrated, contains a varied font to add extra interest, and Duck and Hippo are very polite and respectful to each other whilst still having an immense amount of fun playing together. I look forward to reading the next in the series.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE that this book is NOT suitable for all Kindle devices so please make sure you check the list before purchasing to avoid disappointment. I downloaded this book as my Kindle First choice. I was not required to write a review but chose to do so. Thanks, Liz
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Normally I’m not the greatest fan of reviews for First books, which appear basically 2 minutes after you can download the title, but this is a picture book and to give this book a one star rating claiming the text is too small, is just not fair and not true.
I read the picture book on my small Fire 7 and had no problem to enlarge the text with a simple double click on it. I admit, my eyesight isn’t too bad, but I need reading glasses and was able to enjoy the book together with my little niece without them.
You can also read the eBook on a computer or laptop with Windows 8 or above installed.
Of course, I agree, if your eyesight is very poor, even the enlarged text might not be sufficient.
Best is probably to use the look inside option, (simply scroll up and click on the book cover) to check out if the layout appeals to you before buying Duck and Hippo, which saves you raising up a Rainstorm.
The story itself I found very cheerful and illustrator Andrew Joyner has simply done a splendid job.
Duck invites her friend Hippo for a walk in early spring and it’s raining cats and dogs.
Hippo is prepared to give it a go, but just if his friend shares her umbrella with him. Duck is happy to do so, but try as they might, it doesn’t work for both of them to stay dry. At least not, if they walk side by side……
It’s lovely to see how the two friends try and work together to deal with the problem, that they are both completely different. The two offer a good and encouraging example for children.
Duck and Hippo also care very much for each other.
Duck suggests, they turn the brolly upside down and go for a fun rollercoaster ride on the river. Hippo is all set for it, but a mighty Hippo usually needs a bigger boat and slowly, they start to sink. Suddenly, Hippo has vanished and now Duck is very concerned and looks out for her friend.
Luckily, Hippo is well and happy and just a bit soaked. (I must admit, at this point, I started to wonder, why a totally soaked Hippo still desperately tries to stay dry under an umbrella.)
As soon as they are back on dry land, there’s a huge gust of wind which sends the umbrella flying with poor duck hanging on just by the tip of a feather.
Hippo tries his best to keep up the chase, but will Duck have a safe landing?
Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm is a hugely enjoyable story about caring and sharing and working together as a team to overcome problems and differences. The artwork is very beautiful and my niece had a lot of fun looking at the pictures.
A story of friendship through adversity.
A good start to a dialogue of friendship and fun/helpfulness.
A book I'll read to my grandchildren.