Books for Kids: How Hippo Says Hello

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How Hippo Says Hello
Sterling Books
age 3-5
by Abigail Samoun, illustrated by Sarah Watts
22 pages

 Synopsis from Sterling Books

Bonjour, konnichiwa, hola, HELLO! Friendly Hippo takes a trip around the world to seven different countries, and everywhere he goes, he cheerily greets people in their native language. Kids will have fun trying out these simple foreign words, from “namaste” (India) to “privyet” (Russia).

A simple word can bring a smile and open possibilities. An Adventure in Eight Languages How Hippo Says Hello! Is a perfect book for your little traveler. This board book follows Hippo as he boards a plane bound for France, Russia, Egypt, India, China, Japan, Argentina and home again.

Kids are introduced to a common greeting “Hello” in eight different languages. The image and simple copy informs you which country Hippo is visiting and below the simple one line of copy is the phonetic pronunciation of the word “Hello”. Kids will love saying hello to friends at school as well as strangers they meet with their parents.

Your traveling linguist will also enjoy the additional book in the series, How Gater Says Good-bye, providing kids with the word and pronunciation to Good-bye. .

You can find a copy of How Hippo Says Hello! at your local bookstore or at Sterling Books Books. Visit our Kid’s Books section for other great book recommendations.


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