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I Had a Hippopotamus

by Hector Viveros Lee

Published by Lee and Low, 1996
32 pages
ISBN: 1-880000-28-8

Ages 2-5

A box of galletas (animal crackers) inspires numerous acts of creative generosity of the part of one small boy who imagines all the animals as living creatures that he gives as gifts to friends and family. Hector Viveros Lee's stylized paintings provide exactly the right blend of fantasy and reality. Although the story is universal in its patterned playfulness, small details throughout mark the characters and setting as distinctively Latino. CCBC categories: Books for Babies and Toddlers.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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