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The Blue Hippopotamus Read an excerpt Available in French


  • Short-listed, Governor General's Award for Children's Literature - Illustration, 2007
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2008
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2007

The Blue Hippopotamus Canadian Title

By Phoebe Gilman   Illustrated by Joanne Fitzgerald   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443124386 Paperback
32 Pages | 9.03" x 9.04" | Ages 5 to 8

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9780439952606 Hardcover
32 Pages | 9.3" x 9.31" | Ages 3 to 5

Praise for The Blue Hippopotamus:

Nominee, Governor General's Literary Award, Children's Literature, Illustration, 2007
Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2008

"Joanne Fitzgerald's gentle watercolour illustrations perfectly complement the compassionate tone of the story. Gilman wisely stays away from verse, relating the tale in lucid and simple prose. The age-old folkloric moral — that those who act in the interest of others are always rewarded — thus emerges loud and clear." —Quill & Quire

"Joanne Fitzgerlad's gentle, sun-washed illustrations convey the gentle innocence of this story of friendship and love... a sweet and gentle tale [that] transports readers back to another time." —The Halifax Chronicle-Herald

"Using a combination of watercolour, gouache and coloured pencil, Joanne Fitzgerald has created an early Egyptian environment in which magical transformations seem entirely plausible... a gentle bedtime book to share." —CM Magazine