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Thursday, September 27, 2012
Read the first sentence of this picture book and you'll likely want to turn the pageamus. "Hippopotamus had aspotamus...on her bottomus." Hippo is happily swimming along in her cool pool of water when she notices a reddish spot on her bottom. All of hippos animal friends have a different idea about what the spot might be. Weasel thinks it's measles; fox says it's hippopox; and bear is sure it's an ingrown hair. None of their cures rid the hippo of her spot. Written by Jeanne Willis with illustrations by Tony RossHippospotamus is a fun, tongue-twister, read aloud with a surprise ending! Your preschoolers will giggle at the funny sound of some made up words like notamus, snottamus, and shotamus and very soon they will be making up their own silly, rhyming words. Encouraging your child to play with smaller sounds in words will help them later in learning how to read. You and your children will like this book alotamus.