Percy Short and Cuthbert (Picture Puffin)

 
9780140540710: Percy Short and Cuthbert (Picture Puffin)

Percy Short is a hippo and his friend Percy is a giant pelican and both feel self-concious about their size. So they decide to leave the African swamp lands in search of the Pingo Pongo Tree, whose leaves can make their wishes come true.

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Percy the pygmy hippo and Cuthbert the "absolutely ENORMOUS pelican" are the best of friends. Although the other animals consider their physical peculiarities a liability, the two see only the best in each other. They set off to find the enchanted Pingo-Pongo tree--"whoever eats a leaf, can have one wish come true"--hoping to be transformed into more socially acceptable sizes. When the friends are forced to separate in the desert, Cuthbert returns in the nick of time to save Percy from a band of marauding nomads. Finally locating the Pingo-Pongo tree, the only wish the pair have is to be home among friends. Upon their return all of their friends and relations perceive a tremendous difference in the two creatures, which they attribute to the tree's magic: like beauty, normalcy is in the eye of the beholder. Jenkin-Pearce's ( Catch It If You Can ; The Animal Fair ) cartoony characters are sparkling and fresh, and their escapades are totally beguiling. Readers are left with the hope that future adventures lie in store for this not-so-odd couple. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 2-- Jenkin-Pearce uses pastel watercolors and jiggly lines to produce lively cartoon illustrations. Unfortunately, her storytelling skills are not so adroit. Percy, a tiny hippo, and Cuthbert, an enormous pelican, are unhappy about their sizes and set off together to find the Pingo-Pongo tree with its wish-producing leaves. After dealing with man-eating leopards and traveling gypsies, they find the fabled tree, but only one leaf remains. They discover that all they really want is to go home; they have not even thought of their problems on the journey. Happy family and friends welcome them back, exclaiming, "What a difference finding that Pingo-Pongo tree has made to you." The rambling narrative, seemingly pointless adventures, and stereotypical characters make for a hopelessly muddled, if well-intended, fable. --Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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