Happless Hippo Helped By Clyde and I

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.

With Love,


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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!”

The End

Copyright 2013 Russ Towne

All rights reserved


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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4 Responses to Happless Hippo Helped By Clyde and I

  1. utesmile says:

    Oh I do like Hippita’s bum 🙂 The illustration of them flying is perfect, it shines with happiness! In colour that will be fantastic, I am certainly backing a great project. Once it is out I will introduce it in our school. I can’t wait! (I am excited )

    • russtowne says:

      LOL! Thank you, Ute! You have been supportive in so many ways, and I appreciate them all!

      I just spent the evening with my new twin grandsons in my arms for the very first time. I am loving every second of it! I will be doing very little posting, replying, and commenting for the quite awhile…

      • utesmile says:

        Good, enjoy the babies and forget about everything else. Give them all your love and smiles, a wonderful start for their lives!
        Take care and enjoy! ♥

      • utesmile says:

        Good, enjoy the babies and forget about everything else. Give them all your love and smiles, a wonderful start for their lives!
        Take care and enjoy! ♥

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