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Ruthie and the Hippo's Fat Behind

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Moving far from friends and familiar places made Ruthie act bratty and miserable. She sassed her parents and disobeyed all the rules. Their darling girl was gone, replaced by a kid with moods as big and ugly as a hippo's fat behind! Then came the magic moment that brought back their darling girl. Suggested age for readers: 5-12
Paperback, Large Print, 16 pages
Published May 27th 2010 by Guardian Angel Publishing
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Kristi Bernard
Nov 17, 2013 Kristi Bernard rated it it was amazing
This is a great rhyming story for a parent who needs to help a child handle change. Change is one thing that is constant in this world. But for kids it can prove to be devastating. In the back of the book you will find a parent teacher guide with helpful hints on dealing with issues of change.
Ruthie's family has uprooted her from friends and a world that she had come to know. She reacts by becoming very moody and rude. She doesn't take care of herself and she is acting out with her parents.
Being
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Mymcbooks
Aug 09, 2011 Mymcbooks rated it it was amazing
This is a perfect book for children. When Ruthie’s parents had to move this meant she had to leave her friends, school and her neighborhood which made her sad and her attitude became worst toward her parents. But something changes her bad behavior. We all know how change can affect a child’s life, moving them away from their friends and the school they love. Author Finke provides a parent/teacher guide that will help your child adjust to a big change.

Donna McDine
Mar 11, 2011 Donna McDine rated it it was amazing
Much like “the elephant in the room” and in this case the hippo’s fat behind, no one wants to acknowledge the sudden change in Ruthie’s behavior and what to do about it. Told in perfect rhyme, Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind! explores one child’s woes in moving. Once content and happy, Ruthie becomes unbearable to live with after her family moves clear across the state.

Determined not to accept her new home and surroundings, Ruthie embarks on a downward spiral of rude behavior towards all who
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Kathy Stemke
Sep 16, 2011 Kathy Stemke rated it it was amazing
Ruthie, like so many children, had trouble adjusting to a new home far from the friends she knew so well.

Excerpt: “She didn’t know that moving far could change her smiles to grumps. All Ruthie felt was gloom and doom in ever growing clumps.”

Ruthie cried, and sulked, and hated everything until her moods got as ugly as a hippos fat behind. Ruthie refused to cooperate, answered her Mom rudely, and even stopped grooming herself!

One day something magical happened. Ruthie’s attitude turned around, a
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Karen
May 26, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing
Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind is a delightful children’s picture book that deals with a “big change” in a little girl’s life. And, with the first line the reader is immediately hooked: “Young Ruthie’s mood changed overnight, her smiles slunk off in gloom.”

What a great introduction to a children’s story. The stage is set, Ruthie’s “smiles slunk off in gloom.” Right there on the first page, in the first sentence you know Ruthie has a problem . . . a big problem.

Due to a family move, Ruthie ha
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Renee Hand
Jun 15, 2011 Renee Hand rated it really liked it
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Ruthie and The Hippo’s Fat Behind is a tale that shows how changes in our lives can affect children in different ways.

Ruthie was a young girl who used to be sweet and nice, until her and her family moved across the state into a different house. Ruthie was having a hard time making friends and adjusting to the change. It was because of this that she turned into quite a grump. Her attitude was terrible, she was rude and disrespectful, she was giving her parents sass and her choice in holey
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Inspired Kathy
Jan 06, 2011 Inspired Kathy rated it liked it
A book to help children deal with change (especially a move to a new place). Ruthie has moved to a new town and she does not fit in and is not happy. It shows in the way she dresses and behaves.
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Margot Finke is an Aussie transplant who writes mid-grade adventure fiction and rhyming picture books. For many years she has lived happily in Oregon. Gardening, travel, and reading fill in the cracks between writing. Her husband is very supportive, and their three children are now grown and doing very well. Seven wonderful grandchildren round out her life.

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