Monday, March 27, 2017

Welcome in Spring with a Good Book -- Big Little Hippo by Valeri Gorbachev - Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure: I  was sent a review copy from the publisher in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Here is another wonderful children's book from Sterling Publishing Co, that has become a favorite with my girls.  We have only had this book for a couple of weeks, but I have lost count of how many times we have read it together.  There have been times that the girls ask for it a couple times a day. And, this is one book Savannah is working hard to practice her reading skills with, so that she can read it on her own whenever she wants.

More about this book:

"In BIG LITTLE HIPPO (April 2017), written and illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev, Little Hippo discovers that you don’t have to grow up to feel big!

Little Hippo is the youngest in his family...and the smallest. Smaller than his parents and siblings. Smaller than his friends, too, from old Crocodile to giant Elephant. And even though everyone promises he’ll grow, Little Hippo doesn’t want to wait. He wants to be big RIGHT NOW!

But, when he helps a creature even tinier than himself, Little Hippo learns that it’s the size of his heart that counts most of all.  BIG LITTLE HIPPO is a marvelous read-aloud text that little ones will find easy to memorize and “read” to themselves."

Pub Date: 4/4/2017
ISBN: 9781454919063
Price: $14.95 / $16.95 CAN
Format: Hardcover Picture Book
Pages: 40 pages, all in color
Trim: 8 x 10 Inches
Territories: World
Category: Juvenile / Picture Books
Age Range: 3 and up


My Thoughts:

Has your little one every wished they were bigger?  My girls ask me all the time about how much longer until they can get their ears pierced (I have told them they can decide when they turn 12), or just the other day Bella asked when she can start driving, or at least sitting in the front seat for a better view of the road.  I have found myself telling them to slow down and enjoy being little, as they will be big soon enough.  It is funny, I was talking to my mom about this the other day and she said my brothers and I were the same way.  As soon as we could talk and walk, we were itching to be bigger and more grown up.  If only we had known just have crazy being a grownup and all the responsibilities that go along with it, we would have enjoyed being little a little longer.  

So, when I saw this book on the Sterling Publishing Co. website back in February, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy to share with my girls, as it would reaffirm what I have been telling them -- that they will be big soon enough.  In this cute children's story book, available on April 4th, readers meet a little hippo who wishes he was big, as he doesn't feel like he fits and is missing out on things because of his small size.  But, as the story goes on, the little hippo realizes that he really isn't that little and that to others smaller than him, he is considered "big" which made the little hippo happy.

This a really cute story that both of my girls enjoyed having me read to them.  It also helped them to see that they are not that little, and that they have grown a lot since they were born.  And, to others younger than them, they are considered big, which they like and that make them feel a little bit more grown up.  

If you have a little one who is asking "When will I be big?," this is the perfect book to share with them, so that they can see there isn't a problem with being small and that eventually they will grow and be bigger.  Just enjoy being small, like I hope my girls will do.



Thanks to the folks at Sterling Publishing Co., one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader has a chance to win a copy of "Hoot & Honk: Just Can't Sleep" to share with their child(ren).  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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About the Author:

Valeri Gorbachev has written and/or illustrated more than 50 children's books, including Sterling’s Rufus Goes to School and Rufus Goes to Sea, written by Kim T. Griswell, and Turtle's Penguin Day and The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning (both Knopf).

Disclosure: I  was sent a review copy from the publisher in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


  1. I'd share this book with our family if I won.

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  2. I would give this to my little niece. thankyou, ken

  3. Entered your hoot and honk book giveaway.


  4. Wanna win this for my niece Violet.