Academic journal article Language Arts

How Hippo Says Hello!

Academic journal article Language Arts

How Hippo Says Hello!

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How Hippo Says Hello! Written by Abigail Samoun Illustrated by Sarah Watts Sterling, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-1-4549-0820-3

The first entry in the Little Traveler series, this seven-inch-square board book positively highlights multilingualism and international travel as it introduces greetings expressed in eight languages. As Hippo travels the world, he meets others in France, Russia, Egypt, India, China, Japan, and Argentina before returning home to the United States. Each double-paged spread includes the storyline text to the left of the gutter and a cartoon illustration of the action to the right. The brief text stands out invitingly in a jaunty white font on solidcolored pages of bold red, bright orange, summersky blue, and dusky seafoam. Each illustrated scene includes a speech bubble with the greeting given in the focal country's language.

The book opens with "When Hippo says 'Hello!'" and then we follow his adventures across the world. …

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