A PERFECT NAME

Charlene Costanzo, Author, Karma Wilson, Author, LeUyen Pham, Illustrator , illus. by LeUyen Pham. Dial $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8037-2614-7

Mama and Papa Hippo have a baby daughter who is lively, graceful, friendly and talented—to name just a few of her winning qualities. But they can't keep calling her "Little One" forever. What name could possibly sum up her infinite variety? And will they hit on one by the time of the traditional jungle naming ceremony? As readers follow the deliberations, they can relish Pham's (Can You Do This, Old Badger?) nostalgic watercolors. Handsomely clothed Mama and Papa exude love with every inch of their considerable girth and, like all their jungle neighbors, they're endowed with big, tender brown eyes and heartwarming smiles. As for Little One, she's cuteness personified, with a plump pink belly and a repertoire of endearing expressions. Costanzo's (The Twelve Gifts of Birth) ending comes as something of a letdown: Little One is named Dorena Cordula (a combination of "gift from the heavens" and "a jewel in the water"); readers may have expected something more clever or a name that somehow embodies all the hippo's virtues. Even so, the story opens the door to discussion of a perennially popular subject, the choice of a child's own name. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 12/17/2001
Release date: 03/01/2002
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.