Ingrid & Dieter Schubert - Ophelia
One beautiful morning, Ophelia wakes and stretches, only to hear Kevin moaning from far away. Being a concerned hippopotamus, she leaps out of the water and goes running to help.
Along the way, Ophelia passes Meerkat and tells him that Kevin has a stomachache. Meerkat grabs a hot water bottle and sprints to the rescue, telling Frog of Kevin's terrible cramp and sore throat. Frog fixes herbal tea, jogs off, and tells Porcupine that Kevin has pains everywhere. Pains become a broken leg to Rhino, and a body full of broken bones to Toucan. News of Kevin's moaning becomes so exaggerated that, by the time Toucan talks to Turtle, Toucan reports that Kevin is dead.
As the friends mourn, Ophelia and Kevin walk to them. Amazed that their dearest crocodile is still alive, the friends find that Kevin only had butterflies in his stomach.
In this peppy picture book by award-winning duo Ingrid and Dieter Schubert, animal friends learn that though nervousness is not lethal, a little exaggeration sure makes it contagious!
"[T]he watercolor illustrations are well executed and match the tone of the story."
-School Library Journal
"The German creators of There's a Crocodile under My Bed! (2005) offer another picture book that's sure to please. ... A good choice for story hours."
"In this charming picture book, young readers get to meet a very warm-hearted group of animals who are prone to exaggerating, and who discover that love is a very contagious condition.
The loveable characters and amusing story in this book are perfectly complimented by the charming illustrations."
- Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review
"The Schuberts' illustrations are truly captivating. The soft watercolors, combined with the vibrant greens of the foliage and the shifting oranges, blues, and pinks of the jungle-sky throughout the day are magnificent."
- Library Voice
Ophelia | author: Ingrid & Dieter Schubert | Hardback, 32 pages | 9781590786598 | $16.95