How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Intricate and colorful torn paper collages illustrate the fascinating symbiotic (mutualistic) relationships between various animals and organisms. Their stories are told in comic book/graphic novel-like panels, describing the nature of the relationship and how it benefits each animal. Even if you know something about symbiosis, this book really brings it to life – from cleaner birds and fish that risk their lives removing parasites from otherwise deadly predators to interspecies hunting teams (badgers and coyotes working together? Wow!) – young people (and adults) will find their curiosity piqued by these mutually beneficial pairings. The book ends with an animal (and a relationship) everyone will recognize – man’s best friend, the dog, and its people! The author biography states that: “Robin Page and Steve Jenkins share a burrow in Boulder, Colorado, where they work and forage together, occasionally picking lint off of each other’s sweaters…” Highly recommended for budding naturalists!

Non-fiction Grade level recommendation: 4-7 Reviewed by Karin Thogersen, YA Librarian

Find this book in the catalog/place a hold