But Not the Hippopotamus

Developed by:Loud Crow


Ages 2-4

For the fifth book-to-app installment in the award-winning Boynton Moo Media interactive story series, Loud Crow polled author Boynton’s fans and followers to choose their favorite title. "But Not The Hippopotamus" was the winner by an overwhelming majority. Redrawn and recolored original artwork with (optional) voiceover reading, it tells the story of a wallflower hippo too shy to join the activities of the other animals, until the gang finally demands that she get involved in their fun and games. The app features simple animations and tap-triggered sounds, a mild instrumental soundtrack by Mike Ford, and an option that enables the reader to hear individual words pronounced with the tap of a finger. (Publisher/Zoobean)

Get Ready

Prepare to use this app by using any of the following activities:

  1. Hippopotamus!Wow, hippopotamus is a really long word that can be difficult for little ones to say! Before reading this book, encourage your child to repeat the word after you and practice saying it aloud as many times as possible to get the pronunciation down. If they are still struggling with it, let them know they can say hippo instead and practice again later!
  2. I KNOW that! I WANT to know….Activate your child’s prior knowledge about hippos by asking them any of the following questions: What do they already know about hippos? Have they seen one before, perhaps at the zoo? What do they look like? What do they like to do? What are they known for? What does your child not know about hippos, but hope to learn one day? Make a list of these questions and come back to them later to make a connection to nonfiction - true facts about real hippos.

Dive In

Help your child get the most out of this app experience by trying any of the following activities:

Building Literacy Skills:

  1. Emergent Reader:This is the earliest stage of reading. During this stage, children will rely on pictures and illustrations to gather information about the story.  Help readers in this stage by choosing the “Read Myself” option on the app and ask them questions during reading such as: What do you see on this page? What is happening? Remind your kiddo what the title of the story is; this will help them to answer these questions and stick to the story topic.
  2. Early Reader:In this stage, children can point to words that they know in the text. Ask your child to point to any words that he/she knows how to read, or ask them to try and identify a particular word of your choice on each page. Yet another option is to encourage your child to tap any word on the page and hear it read aloud to them to build early reading skills.

Point to the…

Help your child with object identification in this fun app that features many different types of animals. Ask them to point to certain animals, or have them do this on their own. When they do so, the animal just may do something silly! To increase engagement with this interactive book, ask them to make the corresponding sound each animal makes. Be silly & have fun!

Branch Out

Extend your child’s learning by using any of the following activities:

  1. Hog, Frog & Bog: Introduce Rhyming Words!Did you know that there are so many learning benefits from working with and using rhyming words? Here’s just one: Rhymes with a rhythmic pattern help a child recognize sound patterns that form a basis for learning word families where the words have the same endings, but different beginnings, such as hat, bat, and cat. Have your child re-read this interactive book with a focus on identifying rhyming word pairs. How many can they find? Can they add to the current list from this book? Extend this activity even more by having them create their own gesture or charade that they can do while re-reading when they hear a rhyming word pair, too!
  2. But YES the Hippopotamus!At the end of this interactive book, the hippopotamus finally says YES! Talk to your child about why the hippo may have been turning down so many offers in this book. What might she have been feeling? Why do they think the hippo finally says YES at the end? What was she possibly feeling or thinking by the end of the story? Answering these questions will not only help your child start to practice inferencing skills, but more so, your child may just identify with the hippo. Have there been times when your child may have felt the same way? We all struggle with confidence, insecurity, and nerves, but saying YES to doing something new is a very brave decision to make - and an awesome lesson to learn!