Bentley the hippo and his playmates are going on a school trip, when Bentley realizes that his friend Tubby the elephant is missing. Though he is worried, he follows the teachers instructions to go on the bus. Suddenly, he hears another voice and realizes it's Daisy, and Tubby is still not here. At the park, they play and have fun.
When they hear a voice from behind the bushes in the forest calling to them, they realized it is Tubby the elephant. Bentley the hippo tells him how happy he is that he came. This makes Tubby happy too and he shares how he was bullied before his arrival. Now he can't even find his glasses. This encourages the group of friends to join him in looking for his glasses.
Bentley is the kindest hippo you will ever meet. He is respectful and caring, and he teaches young ones how to be a friend. In ways that are easy to model, Bentley's care and love are easy to mirror. But my favorite thing about Bentley is his deep green colour. This makes Bentley easy to spot and easy to love. The drawings are realistic and fun too, so the story is easy to follow.
The storyline takes up 17 pages and will keep the attention of small children. It's also a perfect bedtime story, because the characters on the bus fall asleep at the end of the book.
Another beautiful thing about this picture book is that the author combines the characters of small children with small animals, which makes the story fun and interesting. The story is an easy read for children who are learning to read, celebrating them with easy to pronounce words, and challenging them with more difficult words like "intimidate".
I would encourage any parent, with a new reader, to pick this book up at their local bookstore or at the local public library.
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