A young hippo prepares for his birthday party by taking a bath, stirring the batter for the cake his Daddy bakes, and putting up decorations, all the while longing for his gift from his father. His friends-a rhino, an alligator, and a bear-arrive with presents.
They play a game of hide-and-seek, during which Bertie manages to sneak a bit of cake and look at the gifts and Daddy searches high and low for the present he hid too well. Bear slips from his hiding place on top of a cupboard, bringing down the decorations and Daddy's misplaced gift.
Young children will see themselves in Bertie's actions and reactions to his father's requests. Parents will recognize the stalling tactics of the very young. There is plenty of humor and a great deal of warmth in the illustrations. Father and son delight in one another's company...While it is doubtless best as a bedtime read, it is also a good choice for a preschool story hour about bedtime or daddies. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo Children's Literature
For Ages: 3 - 8 years old
For Grades: 1 - 2
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st December 2011
Dimensions (cm): 25.8 x 21.5 x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.358