Rosie and Friends: One-of-a-Kindness by Helen Hipp

Embark on a new safari with Hornsby the rhino as he comes face-to-face with losing his sense of belonging. No longer accepted by his herd, Hornsby searches for companionship. With the help of his new buddies, Hornsby learns that his life is one of a kind, and that spreading his kindness is a good way to make new friends!

I was so pleased when Helen reached out and offered Rosie’s story for a review. I may be an adult (ish), but I work and live with some awesome kids! This was a fantastic book for them! I read all about Rosie the Hippo and her adventure to not only my kids at home, but my 25 second grade students as well. They loved the pictures and the story line. It kept them intrigued and entertained while passing on a quite important message. The cute characters appealed to every one of the 6-8 year-olds and the best part is, they understood the importance of the book! They understood Hornsby made more friends with a kind attitude than by being rough and tough.

Read below to see some of my students reactions to the story.

“I liked the bird because he knew you didn’t have to be tough to make friends.”

“Making fun of someone hurts their feelings.”

“Pushing someone is mean and they can get hurt.”

“Just because someone looks different doesn’t mean you can make fun of them.”

“Yelling at people will not make them like you.”

“Being gentle and kind is the right thing to do. People will like you and you don’t know if they’re having a bad day and just need a smile.”


Cannot wait for more books to read! It’s perfect for at home or in the classroom- the kids pick up on the social skills that it teaches you. Highly recommend it!

Check out Rosie the Hippo’s Facebook page:

Helen (& Rosie’s) website:

Buy it here ( Amazon ) or request it at your local library.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            *Releases on November 13, 2017 (National Kindness Day). I know, perfect, right?!?!




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