Duck and Hippo give thanks

Jonathan London, 1947-

Book - 2018

Duck and Hippo are planning a good old-fashioned feast for Thanksgiving Day. Duck also has a big surprise in store for Hippo.

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London, Jonathan, 1947- Duck and Hippo.
Animal fiction
Picture books
New York : Two Lions [2018]
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Ages 4-7.
Main Author
Jonathan London, 1947- (author)
Other Authors
Andrew (Illustrator) Joyner (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

There's room for all kinds of traditions during Thanksgiving, London suggests in this third book to feature the unlikely best friends. Hippo is dreaming of an "old-fashioned" Thanksgiving with a harvest meal. Hippo and Duck take an eventful trip to the grocery store, where they run into friends Elephant and Turtle and invite them to come along; later, they ask Pig, who serves them pizza. Dressed in a dapper striped jacket, Hippo whips up pies, acorn squash, and other Thanksgiving staples; meanwhile, Duck plans a Thanksgiving diversion. Readers may worry for Hippo when he finds himself alone at the table, but the friends arrive with an abundance of nontraditional dishes, giving him the opportunity to appreciate his friends just the way they are. Joyner's comedic vignettes convey the odd couple's tender relationship and the contrast between their personalities. Ages 4–7. (Aug.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—The third book in the series follows serious, industrious Hippo and free-spirited, playful Duck as they prepare for Thanksgiving. Hippo is looking forward to "a good, old-fashioned Thanksgiving." Duck is happy to help Hippo with preparations, including inviting their friends Elephant, Turtle, and Pig. On Thanksgiving, Hippo spends the day busily preparing for the dinner. When he is finished, he sits down to wait for his guests to arrive. When they finally do, they each have a surprise for Hippo. Their contributions, however, clash with Hippo's idea of "a good, old-fashioned Thanksgiving." In the end, Hippo is able to relax his convictions of what Thanksgiving should be and enjoy his friends for who they are. This message of appreciation fits in well with the Thanksgiving theme. Hippo and Duck both demonstrate patience and compromise in their friendship, even when the differences between the two seem destined to lead to clashes. The cartoon illustrations match well with the playful tone of the story. VERDICT A fun choice where the first two books are popular and wherever friends and family gather.—Kimberly Tolson, Millis Public Library, MA Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

While Hippo prepares a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for his friends, Duck is busy making her own plans for a surprise that will remind Hippo of all that he has to be thankful for.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Inviting his friends to join him for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, Hippo goes shopping for food and gets everything ready before going to sleep and dreaming of a good old-fashioned holiday, unaware that Duck is busy making her own plans.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Duck and Hippo are thankful for good friends!It's the day before Thanksgiving, and Hippo has his heart set on having a good old-fashioned feast with Duck and their friends. Together, Duck and Hippo go shopping for food and invite Turtle, Elephant, and Pig to share the special day with them. Then they get everything ready. But while Hippo goes to bed dreaming of his good old-fashioned Thanksgiving, Duck is busy making her own plans. There's going to be a BIG surprise'one that will remind Hippo of all he has to be thankful for. Join Duck and Hippo for a memorable celebration!