Here are more sketches and applicable text from my latest children’s book, Clyde and I help a Hippo to Fly. Josh McGill is working on full-color illustrations.
Huge hippo tears fell from Hippita’s eyes.
But Clyde said, “You’re in for a big surprise.
I have a friend that you’ll meet real soon
And he has a great big, hot air balloon.
If anyone can help Hippita fly, he can.
So we followed Clyde to meet the man.
When he saw her he shook his head sadly,
“If you use this balloon it will end badly.”
But Clyde wasn’t worried and he used his head.
“What if we build a bigger balloon, he said,
“And build a stronger basket too.”
The man smiled and said, “I think that might do”.
They began to work as a team right away
So it felt less like work and more like play.
Because they were having so much fun,
Before they knew it they were done.
Hippita climbed the ramp with a smile so wide
When they all got in they were filled with pride.
Clyde cranked the hot air burner to high;
Soon the balloon floated in the sky
But the basket was still on the ground
And then they heard an unusual sound.
The ropes holding the basket began to groan
And the basket itself seemed to moan.
It quivered and shivered and creaked and squeaked.
All that noise us quite a big scare,
Then all of a sudden we were in the air.
Up we floated as the big burner roared;
Higher than the tallest trees we soared.
Clyde and I cheered, “Hippo, Hippo, Hooray!
Hippita Hippo you’ve made our day!”
She blushed and smiled as we flew.
Clyde told her, “It’s all because of you.
You had a dream you wouldn’t let die,
And because of it we ALL can fly!
Then flocks of birds saw Hippita float by,
And she saw the surprise in their eyes.
Herds of hippos in the water below
Saw her fly by with her face all aglow.
“Dear friends,” she yelled, “my dream came true
And I believe it can happen for you;
Dare to dream big and do all you can.
I’ll cheer you on and be a big fan.
The world needs dreamers who are doers, too,
And always remember I’m rooting for you!”
Copyright 2013 Russ Towne
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