Book Review: Henrietta the Hairy Hippo (64 Zoo Lane)
Author: An Vrombaut
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
This book follows the adventures of Henrietta the Hippo who lives in the Zambam river. We love this book because it talks about accepting yourself as who you are. It talks about body positivity and about normalizing body hair.
Henrietta lives in the Zambam river along with other hippos. She is teased incessantly because she is hairy. Henrietta decides to leave the Zambam river to find new adventures. She travels far and wide, meets other animals, makes new friends. She meets a Snipsnip bird who gives her a new hair-do.
When Henrietta goes back to the Zambam river, her new hair-do is ruined by the river, but she is welcomed back by her friends, thanks to her newfound confidence and all the adventures she experienced along the way.
It is amazing how sub-consciously we pass on our beliefs to our little people. How we automatically we think that lean is beautiful, how hairless bodies have become the norm.
People come in all shapes, sizes and forms. We need to teach that to our young ones. So that they accept themselves the way they are. They need to understand that it is their life experiences, their confidence that makes them special and not something as mundane as looks.