Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Brave like me - Hippo and Rabbit in three more tales by Jeff Mack
Brave like me is one of the simplest little chapter books I have ever read yet it manages to provide a very entertaining and satisfying story told with two voices - Rabbit (the optimist and voice of wisdom) and Hippo (the worrier and scaredy-cat).
This little volume has three chapters presented in just 32 pages using speech bubbles. In the first story Hippo is afraid of a spider but rabbit carefully removes the little creature and all is well until a bee lands on Rabbit's nose. Now it is the turn of Hippo to be brave.
In the second story Rabbit has a balloon but Hippo is so afraid it will pop as it grows bigger and bigger. It does not pop and Hippo walks away with a smile and a gigantic balloon. Now Rabbit can blow up another balloon and enjoy the pop!
I think the third story is my favourite. Hippo does not want to take a bath. Rabbit has to use all his powers of persuasion to convince Hippo that taking a bath can be fun! The final illustration is perfect.
I have discovered our book about Hippo and Rabbit is the second installment so I will need to add the first book to my shopping list. You can see the inside of this book here. I know Brave like me will be a popular little book when I share it with our youngest students.