Humphrey the Hippo


Children - Grade K-3rd
17 Pages
Reviewed on 01/05/2014
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Author Biography

Sara is a Dubai based artist and fashion illustrator. Born and educated in Scotland for over 20 years, she attended the prestigious Leith School of Art where she did a foundation course in textiles, fine arts, sculptures and installations. She has a degree in Fashion Design and Technology, and has completed an intensive summer course on ancient painting techniques from the Michelangelo Institute in Florence, Italy, as well as a digital painting course from the SAE Institute in Dubai. Sara Specializes in fashion illustration but frequently works on other artistic projects such as children's books and storyboard illustration, book covers, editorial, traditional painting commissions, children's wall murals, comic strips as well as live painting for fashion events and parties.

    Book Review

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.