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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
In Humphrey the Hippo by Sara Japanwalla, Humphrey the hippo is shy and introverted. He finds himself self-conscious in a crowd and likes to be away from gatherings. The story is about how Humphrey overcomes his fears and faces the world with self-confidence. The book also helps children to analyse themselves and it helps to create self-awareness within them. It is a book that will enable children to overcome their problems and face the world with confidence. Children can easily relate to the story of Humphrey the Hippo. The fact that the main character is an animal makes it more appealing to them.
Stories with a moral and a concept are excellent books for children, especially when they start reading. It conveys messages and morals easily. This book will make a good bedtime story and also can be used for reading sessions in schools and libraries. The character of Humphrey is really endearing. The author has described him very well to make all children relate to what he is going through. The illustrations are also a big plus point. Apart from being lively, they give a personality to all the characters in the story.
The story is a morale booster because by the time we reach the ending, there is a remarkable change in Humphrey and his behavior. That makes the story interesting and motivating for children. An endearing and cheerful tale for children.