“Big Little Hippo” by Valeri Gorbachev is a beautifully illustrated hardcover children’s book that follows Little Hippo, the youngest hippo in his family, as he works through his dislike for being smaller than everyone he knows. Comparing himself to the other animals such as a crocodile, a giraffe, and an elephant, he still has to face that he is smaller than everyone…until he encounters a baby beetle. One kindhearted act later, Little Hippo feels quite large and returns to his family projecting his new self-confidence. There are great drawings of the hippo family and other creatures the youngster interacts with, and a lovely lesson about self-perception. I think this is a great book to teach little ones about various animals as well as about finding one’s place in the world.
Little Hippo is the youngest in his family . . . and the smallest. Smaller than his parents and siblings. Smaller than his friends, too, from old Crocodile to giant Elephant. And even though everyone promises he’ll grow, Little Hippo doesn’t want to wait. He wants to be big RIGHT NOW! But when he helps a creature even tinier than himself, Little Hippo learns that it’s the size of his heart that counts most of all.