I started the month off with a beautiful walk in the park as an unusually bright February unfurled itself around me. Nature’s shows are marvelous: Whether we are learning to skip pebbles along the waterside, or admiring the early cherry blossoms, the unmistakable signs of Spring stirring is in the air.
As I walked, I could not help listening to the wind rustling through the trees, the trilling of the birds, the quacking of the geese, and the chittering of the squirrels. If I had any musical sense, I would have conducted the Great Animal Orchestra.
I was therefore very happy when a children’s book joyfully tapped into the orchestra playing out around us so beautifully.
Hiccupotamus By Steve Smallman and illustrated by Ada grey, is a perfect companion for a nippy spring.
It is a beautiful bubble squeaking sort of day. It makes little mouse want to squeak and so he does.
His squeaks soon encourage the bird to tweet. Then, the centipede taps, and the alligator plays the xylophone with a bone on his teeth.
Before we know it,
Boom ba-da boom boom!
Everyone is happy when the Hippo claims to have started the whole thing off. Hey! cried the mouse, bird, alligator and monkey. Where were you?
Why? I am hiccuping bubbles non-stop! says Hiccupotamus.
The illustrations are so charming, that we have looked at these pages several times, and enjoyed the joy contained in this book.
Spring is in the air, and I’d like to join the birds and animals out on these beautiful Wind In The Reefs sort of days.