I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

Christmas is coming, and one little girl wants nothing more than a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy. But will Santa Claus and her parents make her Christmas wish come true? As shown in his best-selling titles The Night Before Christmas and Here Comes Santa Claus, no one can portray the holidays better than Bruce Whatley; and he doesit again with I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas.

The song "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" was written in 1950 by John Rox and became a nationwide hit in 1953 when ten-year-old Oklahoma native Gayla Peevey sang the song as a way to raise money for the Oklahoma City Zoo's first hippopotamus. In December of that year the city received Matilda the hippo for Christmas.

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By Nikki (Cardiff, Wales, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★☆ · December 26, 2013
This was my silly Christmas present from Dad this year, since my first (and still my favourite) teddy was a hippo, Helen. He sent me the song in late November, and then followed it up with some I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas themed gifts. The art is really cute; the hippo's facial expression... ...more
By Blair (Waterloo, ON, Canada) · ★★★★★ · December 14, 2009
Cute! I really liked the different illustrations to express the song’s lyrics. Not as compelling a story as 3 Questions or Zen Shorts, but I strongly identified with the protagonist of the book for some reason. ...more
By Elizabeth S (Naperville, IL) · ★★★☆☆ · December 13, 2014
How did I not know that this was a song? ...more
By Relyn (Clever, MO) · ★★☆☆☆ · December 27, 2009
I didn't love the book, but I love the story behind it. For one thing, I thought the song was new when it began to replay two years ago. Turns out it was written in the 1950s. The song was written because the Tulsa zoo really did need to raise money for a hippopotamus. It was written and recorded... ...more
By Cheryl (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · July 01, 2012
Thank you, GR reviewer Relyn, for explaining the story behind the song. I still don't get the point of the book though. But then, I'm not a kid, so maybe it's just a simple fantasy that speaks to a little kid's heart. Something about dreaming big, and magic, maybe. ...more
By Christen (Charlotte, NC) · ★★★★☆ · January 11, 2010
I always loved this song, having such great images to put to it was wonderful. Like Beck, I loved how the hippo and the girl were reflected in each other's eyes. ...more
By Jennifer (Metairie, LA) · ★★☆☆☆ · March 05, 2015
I don't love the story but the hippo's facial expressions are my favorite part! They made me giggle! ...more
By Cara (Cincinnati, OH) · ★★★★☆ · November 04, 2010
The illustrations are so cute! ...more
By Kristin (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · August 09, 2012
Toddler loved this! ...more