Ernie the Easter Hippopotamus -- is a wild and comical tale of a young hippopotamus with a very special talent, to make brightly colored "naturally hard-boiled" eggs. This gets him into big trouble with the other hippopotamuses, and he is forced to leave home on a journey that eventually brings him to America, where he happily becomes the “Easter Hippopotamus.”
If you are not yet familiar with this modern classic, you should be. At 850 words, on 50 beautifully illustrated pages, it is almost twice as long as most modern children's picture books, but not a word or picture is wasted.
From a staff review by the Strand Bookstore website:
"Ernie is an adorable hippopotamus. Come along on this lavishly illustrated Easter tale that has a touching message about following dreams and overcoming obstacles. With interesting information about real hippopotamuses, this story will be a pleasure for the whole family."
From "Recommended Children's Books:"
An odd tall tale, but beautifully written, and even more beautifully illustrated with about 50 (yes, 50) pages of paintings, many of African animals such as a zebra, a crocodile, a rhinoceros, etc. I would put it up with the favorite books of my own childhood. . that gently seek to teach profound lessons beneath a very funny story. -- Ann Bogenhagen in "Recommended Children's Books" on Prof. Edward Tufte's Forum at https://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00018v
From the Barnes & Noble website:
You'll fall in love with the plucky hippo who just wants to lay colored eggs to make people happy. The drawings are gorgeous, with very believable African animals. My kids love the book!" -- Reader Review by Gail Baume