Elmer and the Hippos
From the Series Elmer
Elmer, the patchwork elephant, has been a favorite of children around the world since the first book debuted in 1989.
In Elmer and the Hippos, the elephants are not happy. The hippos’ river has dried up, and they have moved into the elephants’ river. Some of the elephants don’t like sharing. Elmer decides to investigate. He discovers the hippos’ dry river could be fixed—but only if the hippos and the elephants drop their prejudices and work together.
|Preschool - Grade 3
|SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
|Andersen Press USA
|Andersen Press USA
|Number of Pages
|Reading Counts! Level
|JUV002080, JUV002330, JUV039220
|9.5 x 11
|Guided Reading Level
|ATOS Reading Level
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz
|Accelerated Reader® Points
|Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides
Author, Illustrator: David McKee
David McKee was the creator of several famous characters including King Rollo, Mr. Benn, and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. His books are published in numerous languages throughout the world. In 2020 David won the BookTrust’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Elmer, the patchwork elephant, has been a favorite of children around the world for decades. Join Elmer and his friends as they have adventures and learn valuable lessons about helping others and embracing differences. Charmingly written and vividly illustrated by acclaimed… View available downloads →
- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
“The elephants get upset when hippos move into their river. Patchwork elephant Elmer, put in charge of finding out why the hippos’ river has dried up, enlists both hippos and elephants to help remove a pile of rocks blocking the water. McKee’s story, while a little heavy with its compromise-and-teamwork message, still manages to entertain with vivid, lively illustrations.” —The Horn Book Guide
“With its vibrant, eye-catching colors and engaging goings-on, this book is a visual delight.” —School Library Journal