About the Book
Author: Helen C. Hipp
Illustrator: Hilary Ann Love Glass
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Number of Pages: 32
Synopsis: What do you need to feel happy about being different? Based loosely on real life experiences, this heartwarming and powerful book illustrates how self-awareness, and courage help a young boy named Raymond learn the difference between seeing things as they appear to be and seeing things as they are. Feeling "different and lonely" Raymond befriends a hippo while on Safari in Africa. Unlike other grey hippos, this hippo is pink. Ray is soon carried into a world beyond labels and challenging assumptions. You will never guess what happens next!
Ray is on an African Safari with his family when he decides to rest under an Umbrella Tree. As he peers out at the vast land before him he notices a pink hippo. Intrigued by her unusual color he can't help but stare. The hippo introduces herself as Rosie and now Ray is even more surprised since hippos don't talk. Or do they? As Ray begins to question Rosie and her pinkness, she invites him on a Safari unlike any other.
I loved this story and its beautiful and timeless message. Children (and adults) often assume to know people or situations only to find out they were entirely wrong. We all know what it means to assume and we are all guilty of doing it, but the damage and hurt caused by assuming can be unforgettable. As Ray learns on his Safari, we must see things as they are, not as they appear to be. The story is creatively written and the characters are unique and captivating. How can you help but adore a pink hippo and a loving crocodile?
I highly recommend picking up a copy. Available on Amazon.