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A Hippo in Our Yard
I Like to Read® Book Level F
by Liza Donnelly
Liza Donnelly, Illustrator

Paperback | 24 pages | 9 x 9 | US$ 6.99
ISBN: 9780823438440 | 09-30-2017

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: KINDERGARTEN | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Animals/Fiction, Humor, Easy Readers
Recommendations: K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
RF.1.1, 2, 3, 3c, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c
RL.1.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
L.1.1, 1b, 1d, 2, 2b, 4, 5, 5b, 5c, 6
W.1.2, 3, 5, 7, 8
SL.1.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2, 4, 5, 6

About the Book

When Sally informs her mom that there is a hippo in the yard, Sally's mother is dismissive. "I don't think so, dear," she tells her daughter, barely looking up from her lunch. "I will give it some lettuce," Sally says, grabbing a leaf from her mom's bowl. Hippo is happy, but now the tiger in the tree is hungry. Sally's father is also disbelieving, so Sally just feeds the big cat some tuna. As with her parents, Sally's sister is unmoved by her tale of zebras in the garage, and even Nana refuses to set her knitting aside when Sally tells her about bears in the hammock. Meanwhile, the phone rings, and the family is in for a shock. Zoo animals are on the loose! A frantic search finds Sally atop a hippo in their yard, along with several other satisfied animal friends.

About the I Like to Read® Series: Picture Books for Every Level of Emerging Reader

I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels, and have been evaluated and assigned Guided Reading Levels A-G based on the Fountas and Pinnell system.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Did you believe Sally as you were reading the story? Explain what you thought was really happening. SL.K-1.1

2. Compare and contrast the actions of Sally's family at the beginning and end of the story. RL.K-1.3

3. Find the part in the story when Sally's family believes her. How does Liza Donnelly let the reader know what is happening? (Through details and illustrations.) RL.K-1.7

4. Sort the following vocabulary words from the story into two categories (zoo animals or food): hippo, lettuce, tiger, tuna, zebra, grapes, koalas, carrots. L.K-1.5a

Readers' Guide
A HIPPO IN OUR YARD: An I Like to Read® Book, Level F
Lesson plan featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards.