A beautiful story about the transformative power of friendship and the love between a mother and child.
A young hippo falls madly in love with an Egyptian princess. Desperate to be with her, the hippo asks a magician to change him into "something she could love." The magician reveals that he's unable turn a hippo into a human, but can turn him into a toy, and he grants the hippo the power to turn himself back into his real self whenever he chooses. The excited hippo accepts this offer, and becomes the princess's new toy - but will this be enough?
Based on a story by Joan Grant, this is Phoebe Gilman's long-awaited final book. The illustrations by Joanne Fitzgerald are inspired by the sketches Phoebe drew before her death in 2002.
PHOEBE GILMAN is one of Canada's best-selling author/illustrators. Her books include the Jillian Jiggs series, Grandama and the Pirates, The Balloon Tree, The Gypsy Princess and the award-winning Something From Nothing. She died in 2002.
JOANNE FITZGERALD is the illustrator of many Canadian favourites, including Plain Noodles, Emily's house, Ten Small Tales (winner of the IODE Award), Little Rooster and the Diamond Button (Winner of the Mr Christie's book Award), Circus Play, and the Governor General's Award winning Doctor Kiss Says Yes. Her most recent book is This Is Me and Where I Am (Fitzhenry and Whiteside, Fall 2004).