Sketches and Storyline for Hippo

With multiple story and book projects going simultaneously, my team and I are starting to use unique one-word identifiers for each. So, instead of saying “Clyde and I Help a Hippo to Fly” we now just say “Hippo”.

The sketches in this post are the first two that have been ok’d by me to use as the basis of full-color illustrations. I’ve included the text associated with the pages to give to you the context of the scenes:

Clyde and I slurped

Burzleberry Tea

As we laid in the shade

of a Tickletoe Tree

It’s feathery leaves swayed

in the breeze

Tickling my toes and

Clyde’s knobby knees

We giggled and laughed

like best friends do,

Rolled on the grass and

blew bubbles, too.

What we saw next

made us feel bad:

A hippo walked by

looking real sad.

With love,

Russpg04_under_tree sketch for hippo pg06_hippo_walks_by sketch for hippo




About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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2 Responses to Sketches and Storyline for Hippo

  1. utesmile says:

    Love the sketches!

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