Wilbur the hippo endlessly devotes his entire life’s work trying to find a way to fly. His efforts finally pay off in a most unusual way – and forever! The Hippo That Flew is a wonderful story about a hippo who learns to follow his dreams, despite what people (or hippos) say to discourage him. He resolutely plows ahead, journeying forward to achieve his goal. How often does a 400-pound protagonist convey such love and charisma to both young and old alike? Parents will enjoy reading to their children about what hard work and success are all about. Kids are given the understanding that mere physical attributes or handicaps truly have little to no effect on the outcome of a goal … it is all determined by your focus and dedication to what you are pursuing! Theodore Newton Vail, the famous industrialist, sums up this concept in the following quote: Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. By reading The Hippo That Flew to your child, you re not merely reading him (or her) a great bedtime story you re giving them life lessons that will enable them to journey through life with courage, determination, and self-confidence.
Zev Lewinson (1953-Eternity) was born in Chicago, Ill., to Jewish immigrant parents, grew up (still trying!) in Newark and West Orange, NJ, and graduated from Johns Hopkins University. Very shy as a child (a condition eventually overcome by a combination of vodka and beautiful women), Lewinson became a voracious reader – the first ingredient toward becoming a great writer. His “been there/done that” life, has balanced many diverse pursuits and interests, among them, marriage, writing, teaching, and diamond dealing.
Lewinson’s eclectic writing skills have allowed him to produce a wide range of beautiful stories for children. Several of the stories are a result of situations he experienced with his own five children as they grew up. Accolades of intense admiration for Lewinson’s stories adorn the back cover’s of his books. Random House, Harper Collins, Skyhorse Publishing, and many other famous publishers, praise Lewinson’s work as “amusing and original … wonderfully creative … obviously very talented … tender and playful … possesses a knack for kid-appealing writing,” in an ongoing choir of adoration.
Children go wild over his stories when Lewinson does outlandish readings (funny voices and acting out character’s) at public libraries – a difficult task for the still shy sixty-two-year-old author. Every one of Lewisnon’s stories inspire children to proclaim, “It’s my favorite story!” A true believer in Malala Yousafzai’s words, “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world,” Lewinson hopes that his stories will ignite children with a true lifelong passion for reading. To date, Lewinson has fourteen published stories, with twenty four manuscripts waiting impatiently for their turn to be illustrated.