That’s Not Thabi! That’s a hippopotamus – Early Reader

That's not Thabi - that's a hippopotamus -Early Reader CoverThat’s Not Thabi! That’s a hippopotamus – Early reader – Lucy’s sister Thabi’s missing. Everywhere she looks there’s only a bothersome hippopotamus. Where can Thabi be? A fun short picture book with great repetition for early readers and reading to toddlers.

Another great creative commons children’s picture book brought to us by BookDash.

Illustrated by Mbongeni Fongoqa
Written by Jon Keevy
Designed by Roulé le Roux
Edited by Carla Lever
with the help of the Book Dash participants in Cape Town on 2 December 2017.


Text from That’s Not Thabi! That’s a Hippopotamus

Early ReaderLucy woke up. Her sister Thabi wasn’t in her bed.

“Where’s Thabi?” Lucy asked Ma.

“Thabi’s in the kitchen eating breakfast.”


hippopotamus - Early reader“That’s not Thabi!”

“That’s a hippopotamus!”

Lucy looked all over the house.


hippopotamus - Early reader“Where’s Thabi?” Lucy asked Pa. hippopotamus - Early reader

“Thabi’s swimming in the pool.”


“That’s not Thabi!”

“That’s a hippopotamus!”




hippopotamus - Early readerLucy kept looking around the garden.


<End of sample>

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Approximate reading time – 5 minutes, word count 110 words.

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