This story has lots to recommend it, but it is much too long for the age at which it is aimed. No breaks for some fifty odd pages in a story of the optimistic baby hippopotamus who thought everyone would want to celebrate his birthday with him- and was heart broken because they ran away. Finally he found the homeless Frizzlewits who were just crazy enough to think a hippo's birthday was a lark. And it all turned out beautifully for everyone concerned. Nonsense with a bit of commonsense and enchanting pictures in wash.