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The Greedy Hippo

  • There was a greedy hippo. He ate everything in sight. From cheese to peas, chips and cake, he always had a bite.
  • Now Hippo he was selfish. He ate everybody’s food. He ate the cat’s, the dog’s, the cow’s. He was very, very rude.
  • One morning after breakfast, he jumped into the lake. One big splash and he was stuck. That was a big mistake.
  • The hippo he sank deeper, then began to shout. “Help, please help, I’m sinking. Won’t someone pull me out?”
  • The animals all pulled and pulled, as hard as they were able. Out he popped, ran past them all and ate everything on their table.
  • The animals were angry, and thought they’d play a trick. They made a pie from fish and soap to make old Hippo sick.
  • “Here you are, we’ve made a pie, especially for you.” “Thanks,” he said, “I’ll eat it now. I’ve nothing else to do.”
  • First a nibble, then a bite, then a great big swallow. He then went back into the lake, the place he loved to wallow.
  • But something wasn’t right, thought Hippo, “I feel quite odd inside.” Now he had a tummy ache as the cooks looked on with pride.
  • Hippo learnt his lesson. It was the end of all their troubles. He was last seen leaving town, blowing fishy bubbles.