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The Bigness Contest-Florence Heide;Individuality;Hippopotamus;ACHIEVE SELF-ESTEE


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The Bigness Contest : SELF ESTEEM by Florence Parry Heide, Victoria Chess (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 School Library Binding: 1 pages Publisher: Little Brown Co (Juv); 1st ed edition (April 1994) Language: English ISBN: 0316354449 Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.0 x 9.8 inches Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces. List Price: 15.95 From Publishers Weekly Beasley the hippopotamus longs to excel at something-- anything --but is stymied by his size: he fails miserably at athletic contests and can barely squeeze into his outfit for the Best Costume Contest. When sympathetic Aunt Emerald stages a Bigness Contest, Beasley wins a blue ribbon--but he must relinquish it when his lazy cousin Borofil emerges at long last from his customary spot in the river and proves to be the biggest of all. Beasley decides to join Borofil and practice being lazy, and in due course wins the Laziness Contest and a ribbon he can keep. Despite lots of appealing silliness and laconic humor, the story, with its rather plot-heavy and diffuse ending, is not as sharp or satisfying as Heide's best. Chess, who illustrated Heide's Tales for the Perfect Child , adds greatly to the comedy, her art helping to sustain some sparkle to the end. Her oversized, pink-bellied protagonists are both endearing and just a tad gross; her African landscape features brilliant grasses and bits of exotic vegetation; and her supporting characters, from the formidable, lorgnette-wielding Aunt Emerald to a beret-wearing hippo painter, contribute spice of their own. Ages 4-8. From School Library Journal PreSchool-Grade 2-The author of The Shrinking of Treehorn (Holiday, 1971) has shifted gears to create Beasley, a hippopotamus whose aim is to grow as large as possible. Disappointed that he never wins anything, he is encouraged by Aunt Emerald, who says,"'you can always find something that you can do well.'" She holds a "Bigness Contest" and he is declared the winner...until his huge cousin Borofil, who was too lazy to enter the competition, comes out of the water. All ends well, though, when a second contest declares Beasley the laziest of all. Beasley is a lovable character with a sincere heart. The excellent, detailed watercolors complement the humorous, polished prose and portray happy, well-adjusted characters. The setting's jungle greens predominate and are highlighted by the watermelon-pink underbellies of the hippos. The hero's determination coupled with Chess's unequaled illustrations make this a story-time crowd pleaser. No contest. From Booklist Ages 4-8. Role models and positive thinking are the butt of Heide and Chess' latest wicked parody. Hippopotamus Beasley worries that he's too big to be good at anything. He desperately wants to win first prize and get a blue ribbon, but he's too clumsy for the gymnastics contests, and everything's too small for him in the costume competition. His gracious Aunt Emerald encourages him to try; there's always something one can do well, "that's what contests are for." They decide on a Bigness Contest; he gives up trying to diet and exercise; he eats and eats--and wins. "So what?" says his cousin Borofil, who just sits all day in the river. Beasley decides to follow his cousin's example and practice being lazy. He gets so good at it that he even beats Borofil. Chess' garish illustrations of a tropical paradise with bright green palm trees and cavorting pink hippos bring out the general foolishness of all the striving. The Best Costume contest is won by a hippo dressed as a fairy queen, and the huge mournful faces of the losers will remind kids of the beauty pageant and wrestling ring. Silly humor can do a lot for self-image. From Kirkus Reviews Beasley, a huge hippopotamus, would like to be best at something, but with his ungainly bulk he's a loser at gymnastics and running. When Aunt Emerald encourages him to find something at which he can excel, he decides to become the biggest hippo-- not by exercising but by gorging on cake and ice cream. He wins, only to realize that his cousin Borofil is both bigger and lazier. So now Beasley "works'' at becoming the laziest hippo, lying in the river for hours on end; and when he does win the laziness contest that his aunt accommodatingly sets up, he's too lazy even to smile. Heide's brisk narration is certainly meant to be tongue-in-cheek, and Chess's illustrations of fat, pink, loosely clothed hippos are comic caricatures of their human counterparts. (Picture book. 4-8) Card catalog description A young hippopotamus worries that he is too big to be good at anything, but with the help of Aunt Emerald he learns that "You can always find something to be good at, you just have to find out what it is." Everybody Is Special!, September 24, 2000 Reviewer: (Waukesha, WI USA) What a cool story! Beasley, a robust hippo, is growing bigger and bigger, and is afraid he is growing too big to be good at anything. Beasley desperately wants to be good at something. He wants to win a blue ribbon that spells out FIRST PRIZE. He tried to win several contests, but failed. His loving Aunt Emerald suggests, "Never give up...you can always find something that you can do well." Then it hits him. Why not have a Bigness Contest. He would surely win that...or would he??? This book is full of many issues that parents/teachers may enjoy discussing with children, like learning to love yourself, being different, etc. A humorous, simple story with a positive message. LITTLE, BROWN REINFORCED BINDING CHILD'S FIRST NAME..... ON FIRST BLANK PAGE FROM.....Top of spine has minor bumping. These books are just right to put into the travel bag for a car trip, at the store, waiting in the doctor's office, or when visiting friends. They are the ideal solution for keeping your child busy and happy. NOT AN EX.-LIBRARY OR REMAINDER BOOK Powered by eBay Turbo Lister The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.

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