• Harvey the Hippo

  • A Tale of Good Food Choices
  • By: Abby Pete
  • Narrated by: L.M. Negron
  • Length: 5 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

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Publisher's Summary

Up in the sky.... Is it a bird? A plane? No, it's Harvey the hippo floating by!

As all hippos do, Harvey liked to eat a lot of food. But, unlike other hippos, Harvey liked to eat all kinds of food, especially treats, and he liked to eat a lot of them. He ate so many treats, that he floated up to the sky and around the world. He got to see many interesting sights, but after a week of fun travel and not eating a thing, he got so thin, he floated right back into his zoo, where his family and friends, and a mound of lettuce, were waiting for him.

©2021 Abby Pete and Leslie Pontz (P)2021 Abby Pete and Leslie Pontz

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"Harvey the Hippo brings new delight to the body of read-aloud literature for young children. The rhythm of the poem is sure to engage the ear of many a three to six-year-old, and the vibrantly tinted illustrations are pure confection to the eye. Thank you, Harvey, for nourishing the inner life of the young child!" (Toni Seidl, child psychotherapist)

"As a pediatrician, I see the effects of unhealthy food choices on children every day. Harvey the Hippo is a fun, beautifully illustrated story that opens the door for families to discuss with young children how food choices affect their bodies." (Jamie Pinto, pediatrician)

"Our daughters loved the rhyming words, illustrations, and lessons learned about eating well in Harvey the Hippo. It was fun to join Harvey on his trip around the world. We were able to discuss geography, different cultures, and foods. This book will serve as a touchstone for our family to remind all of us to eat well and only enjoy treats in moderation." (Martha and Paul Sharkey, Founders, Today Is A Good Day)

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Hippos are a might animal

The narrative was simple for children yo understand but lack colorful details yo hook tge image of things like yellow stone or the tower of pizazz it would have help if tge creator had added pictures has tge story went but I guess tge person will have to buy the book for that.

I did injoy the MC being a Hippo has I respected them and injoy when authors expand there minds on story components. This gave a great opinion on tge story so I belief this is a good purchase for young child to listen too.

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  • 05-05-22

Is it a bird? A plane? No, it's Harvey the hippo!

I got this audiobook via a promo code at my request and this is my voluntary review.

My neice enjoyed the story. It was full of rhyming words, illustrations, and while it can provide some good lessons about not eating so many unhealthy treats, as shown by Harvy getting so big he floated away for a week. I did worry that it could encourage bullying, as later she referred to her brother as being as big as a hippo and she joked about wanting not eating for a week so she could be skinny, so while this book may be helpful, I would encourage parents to ensure that its used the right way and problematic thinking can be corrected early.

LM Negron did a good job in narrating.