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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Little Hal: A Pygmy Hippo in Danger by Joan Diehl is a delightful story. The main character throws light on the endangered pygmy hippopotamus, which many of us have not heard about. Most pygmy hippos are found in Liberia and the Ivory Coast of West Africa. Hal and his mother stay away from humans, as they are scared of hunters. Mama Hazel is raising Hal all by herself. She tells him that they are included on the Red List, as they are in danger of being poached. Then Hal finds himself in front of a hunter one day!
The book is informative and educational and teaches kids about conservation and endangered species like the pygmy hippopotamus. It also helps to improve their vocabulary and teaches them the names of new animals. The pygmy hippo is one of Liberia's national symbols, and the author also includes details on other species like the warthog and the endangered dwarf crocodile. The book tells kids about the food habits of these animals and the way they live.
It is a perfect book for all children's libraries and can be used in classrooms to teach about endangered animals and conservation. It makes a good bedtime story too. Books like this are helpful for kids and parents alike, as they make teaching easy and fun. The illustrations add color and movement to the story and help kids comprehend the author's thoughts with clarity.