Nungu and the Hippopotamus Babette Cole

ISBN: 9780070116955

Published: March 1st 1979


28 pages


Nungu and the Hippopotamus  by  Babette Cole

Nungu and the Hippopotamus by Babette Cole
March 1st 1979 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 28 pages | ISBN: 9780070116955 | 4.74 Mb

Excerpted from a Charting Childrens Literature post:I first opened these pages when I was 5 or 6.An enterprising young boy, Nungu, sets off in search of the mischief-making hippo who has swallowed up the entire Umvuvu River, which once flowed right around Tubu Island in the heart of Africa. Nungu’s grandfather, a fellow Tubu islander, gifts Nungu a special hiccuping medicine, formulated to make Madam Hippo expel the stolen river from her tummy. Armed with this, a particularly tempting pumpkin and his personal store of courage, Nungu sets out with his faithfully lazy donkey Masheety, to find Madam Hippo and restore the Umvuvu to his people.What enchanted me?I must have puzzled and puzzled for hours over how an entire river could exist in the belly of a hippo, no matter how magnificent her proportions.

Even though I was a wee sceptic, even then, Nungu and the Hippopotamus never failed to delight—it still does. I smile in admiration of Cole’s storytelling, as I contemplate Nungu’s heroic quest: who among us would have gone hippo-hunting in our youth? The author’s illustrations are fine, precise and brimming with charming detail. Each panel is a work of art.Lines for Life:“What will you give me in return for this water,” said Madam Hippo.“Do you like pumpkins?” asked Nungu, as if he didn’t know.Madam Hippo smiled a great wide smile.

“It just so happens that there is nothing I like better,” she said.This book would be best beloved by:♣ an adventurous and enterprising spirit.♣ a lover of fireside tales and folklores.You can read the post in its entirety at Novel Niche.

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