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Baby or Toddler Gift: Why not Hippos?

This is my idea for a theme gift, inspired by the two greatest hippo books ever written. (This honor is based on an inspection of our family book shelves rather than an exhaustive literature search). I give you two Sandra Boynton classics:

Hippos Go Berserk and But Not The Hippopotamus have been read on practically a daily basis chez Toy Reporter for about 5 years. Sure there may have been a week here or there when they were left on the shelf, but that is more than made up for by the days they have been read 10 or 15 times in succession. I have already read Hippos Go Berserk twice today. They are both rollicking tales of snuggly looking animals having fun. They both have bittersweet endings of the sort rare in board books, (but don’t worry, they aren’t so bittersweet as to bum anyone out – except maybe the armadillo, but I don’t want to give away the ending).

And some toy options to complete the theme gift:

I love this little guy:

So cute, and little ones love little animals they can hold easily in their hands. The Princess had a little goat similar to this guy and because she carried it around so much, (and we were always saying “is that your goat?”), goat was one of her first words.

Pull toys are always a good gift, and isn’t this hippo just fabulous? He looks ready to join the fun at the Hippo Party in Hippos Go Berserk.

I think having a theme to a gift always makes me look more organized than I really am. So think “But yes, the Hippopotamus!” (Oops, I think I just gave away the ending).

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2 comments… add one

  • oijoyphoto - the husband September 16, 2008, 4:21 am

    hello. sorry i am just now responding to your request about the sandbox. i wish i had better news… so, i purchased the complete set of all 16 volumes from ebay. the sandbox in question graces the cover of vol. 15 and an additional photo is in the book but unfortunately no building plans. i gave the other 15 vols. a look and again no plans. so, disappointed – i figured that i will just draw them up for myself this winter and give it a shot next spring. if/when i get around to drawing them up – i would be glad to share them with you if you are still interested.
    this absolutely is the coolest sandbox ever. i think i want it for me as much as for our little boy.



  • Sarah Haman December 16, 2008, 5:36 pm

    I love Oompa Toys, they are so classic and a much better alternative then all the high-tech and gadgetry toys that people give their kids these days. I got my son the Nunchi Character Baby Train for Christmas this year and I can’t wait to see his face when he opens it!


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