Book Review & Giveaway: Harvey the Hippo by Abby Pete

Up in the sky… Is it a bird? A plane? No, it’s Harvey the hippo floating by! 

As all hippos do, Harvey liked to eat a lot of food. But, unlike other hippos, Harvey liked to eat all kinds of food, especially treats and he liked to eat a lot of them. He ate so many treats that he floated up to the sky and around the world. He got to see many interesting sights but after a week of fun travel and not eating a thing, he got so thin he floated right back into his zoo where his family and friends, and a mound of lettuce, were waiting for him.

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From the Growing With Love Series from Loving Healing Press 

Available to buy from… GPlay Nook Paperback Hardback Audible

Also available in audio!

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Harvey the Hippo is an adorable book with cute illustrations and rhyming text. Harvey’s overeating has big consequences and it’s an important lesson for children to learn early. This is the perfect way to teach children not only not to overeat, but about what foods are considered healthy.

This is a fun book to read to children. The only thing that would make it better is if the illustrations were a little bigger. It would be fun to read it to a group of kids if they could see the pictures.

I definitely recommend Harvey the Hippo. Children will love his trip around the world and learning about all of the exciting places there are to see.

Praise for Harvey the Hippo

“Harvey the Hippo brings new delight to the body of read-aloud literature for young children. The rhythm of the poem is sure to engage the ear of many a three to six-year-old, and the vibrantly tinted illustrations are pure confection to the eye. Thank you, Harvey, for nourishing the inner life of the young child!” –Toni Seidl, child psychotherapist 

“As a pediatrician, I see the effects of unhealthy food choices on children every day. Harvey the Hippo is a fun, beautifully illustrated story that opens the door for families to discuss with young children how food choices affect their bodies”. –Jamie Pinto, pediatrician 

“Our daughters loved the rhyming words, illustrations, and lessons learned about eating well in Harvey the Hippo. It was fun to join Harvey on his trip around the world. We were able to discuss geography, different cultures, and foods. This book will serve as a touchstone for our family to remind all of us to eat well and only enjoy treats in moderation.” –Martha and Paul Sharkey, Founders, Today Is A Good Day 


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About the author

In a time long ago, Abby Pete retired from teaching English and started a family and a catering/takeout food business in central Pennsylvania. Years passed and she moved to Philadelphia, bringing her family, but not her business, with her. There she decided to pursue another of her interests, animals, and became a docent at the Philadelphia Zoo, where she can happily talk about hippos as well as the other animals in the collection. She has never actually seen a hippopotamus fly. She has four grandchildren, two of whom eat well and two do not.

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About the illustrator

Leslie Pontz is a fiber sculptor with a masters degree in Fine Arts from Syracuse University where she did her thesis on children’s art, and was the recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts as an Artist-in-residence. Leslie has shown internationally in invitational and juried exhibits in France, Brazil, Ireland, and Venezuela as well as throughout the U.S. She is the recipient of several awards for her work, which is featured in many private and public collections including but not limited to the Kamm, Best Western, Chestnut Hill Hotel and Philadelphia Museum of Art collections. Leslie lives with her husband Curt in Philadelphia, PA. Their five grown children have given them eight grandchildren.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: Harvey the Hippo by Abby Pete

  1. Rita Wray July 22, 2021 / 8:51 am

    I liked the review, thank you.

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  2. Rita Wray July 22, 2021 / 8:52 am

    The answer to the question is no.


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