Hippo Wants to Dance – a story about animals and emotions

Hippo Wants to DanceHippo wants to Dance, but this doesn’t make everyone else so happy. But then hippo stops dancing and she gets very sad. Another friend comes to the rescue.

This short animal story has lots of lessons about respecting others boundaries, and about doing what makes you happy.

Illustrated by Megan Andrews, Written by Sam Beckbessinger
Designed by Marisa Steyn with the help of the Book Dash participants in Cape Town on 5 March 2016.



 Excerpt from Hippo Wants to Dance 

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Hippo wants to dance.
She twirls around and around
in a field, kicking her legs up high.

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“Be careful! You nearly kicked me!”
says Meerkat, bathing his babies.
“Go dance somewhere else.”

< End of Excerpt >

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