How Em Norry found hope in books 05/04/21
Elmer and the Hippos
Publisher: Anderson Press
This tale of tolerance and teamwork is a delight. The elephants are unhappy that some hippos are using their river, so Elmer the patchwork elephant steps in to investigate. He discovers that the hippo’s own river has dried up, meaning they have been forced to seek water elsewhere. When Elmer checks the rhino’s river he realises that it has been blocked by rocks but that if the elephants and hippos work together they can fix things. Elmer’s ingenuity saves the day and after a lot of hard work the elephants and hippos form a friendship through their teamwork.
This picturebook teaches readers about the importance of acceptance and working together and will provoke interesting classroom discussion.