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The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to Accept Each Other by Argyro Graphy

About the Book

Bentley is about to board a rocket for the trip of a lifetime.

His friends however are not allowed to join him as they are “different” Inspiring Children to Accept Each Other teaches children about diversity and inclusion.

Children, and adults alike, should:

  • celebrate individuality
  • embrace our differences
  • accept one’s abilities and not focus on their disabilities
  • recognize and respect diversity and
  • promote inclusivity

Too short, too tall, curly hair, no hair, dark skin light skin, walking or wheeling, children will see themselves through the diverse characters known to Bentley as ‘his friends’.

A great conversation starter for parents, teachers, and educators, Inspiring Children to Accept Each Other reinforces the importance of being different, and that we all matter and we all belong.

Children’s favorite kindness advocate, Bentley, is faced with a decision to follow his dream or stand by his friends.

A great gift for any child that may wonder why they are different, why they are excluded, or perhaps question their self-worth.

Recommend by psychologists as a wonderful resource to share with children with special needs reinforcing their belief that they are just as important as anyone else and that we all must celebrate our abilities and not focus on our disabilities.

Argyro Graphy’s final installment in the Inspiring Children’s Series, featuring Bentley Hippo, expresses the need for everyone to accept each other regardless of their differences or disabilities.

Bentley’s friends planned a wonderful surprise for him as a way to say thank you for all his help. The friends were all very excited and hoping to share in Bentley’s surprise, but a uniformed man was rude to everyone.

Each main character has a difficulty to face. Bentley the Hippo is vision impaired; Toby the Elephant has diabetes and kidney issues; Jaxon the Monkey has ADHD; Marty the Lion has alopecia and Daisy the giraffe has autism and impaired hearing. Along the way, in earlier books, these friends have encountered other children with disabilities such as cancer.

The author has done a skillful job of conveying how words and tones can harm and hurt one’s feelings. I like how Bentley sticks up for his friends. However, I felt his tone was a little too assertive, especially if he is a child. Granted, the adult he was talking to was very rude, and Bentley was much kinder.

In the end, Bentley taught someone an important message on kindness and acceptance.

The final book of this series is, like all the others, a helpful tool for teaching children valuable lessons. The illustrations are rich and vibrant, created in a pleasing, eye-catching way that is sure to keep children engrossed and drawn into the story.

I received The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to Accept Each Other from BookSirens. However, I was under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.

The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to be Patient, by Argyro Graphy

About Book

A loud knock at the front door has Bentley startled.  Who could it be?

An excited Jaxon, rambles on not making any sense.  Racing ahead pointing in the distance, Bentley follows this silly monkey.  A large crowd has gathered making it impossible for Jaxon to see what the fuss is all about.

Sprinting to the front of the line, Jaxon is stopped and directed to the back of the line by the ticket agent.  Frustrated, Jaxon looks around, waiting for the right moment.  Determined, he makes a mad dash. 

Inspiring Children to be Patient teaches:

the importance of waiting your turn

understanding the meaning of being patient

identifying ways to stay calm

respecting others around


Bentley has his hands full with this hyperactive monkey.  The illustrations and expressions will have you giggling in this entertaining and educational story.  

The fourth in the Inspiring Children Series, this makes a wonderful gift for any occasion, and a great addition to classrooms, libraries and daycare facilities.

My Review

The Adventures of Bentley Hippo, Inspiring Children Series, by Argyro Graphy, is an impressive series of stories for children. The newest addition is no less impressive.

Bentley’s friend, Jaxon, a monkey, comes to Bentley’s house one morning so excited Bentley can’t understand him. As Bentley follows his friend, there are many slip-ups in Jaxon’s behavior. Jaxon causes mishaps such as making everyone’s ice cream fall on the ground. Jaxson gets in trouble because he can’t stand still. Bentley figures out Jaxon is a very impatient monkey.

After recognizing and understanding the problem, Bentley helps Jaxon figure out how to stay calm. Jaxon and Bentley’s other friends, Daisy, the giraffe, Toby, the elephant, and Marty, the lion, also help Jaxon.

Graphy’s story will explain to children and help them understand how their disturbing and distressing overexuberance and impatience impact and affect everyone around them, including themselves.

The illustrations, by Michael Reyes, are striking and vibrantly portrayed. The appealing pictures are eye-catching and attention-grabbing with their rich, intense colors, which are sure to appeal to young kids.

The author aptly shows youngsters how to accept others for whom they are, in addition to helping them without unkind criticism, bullying or judgment. The Bentley Hippo stories are effective means of conveying these lessons to children.

I received The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to be Patient from Book Sirens. However, I was under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.

The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to Never Give Up by Argyro Graphy with Giveaway

About the Book

Ever feel like quitting? It is a choice we make every day; go on or give in! Bentley hippo meets children facing daily struggles and challenges that are both visible and not so visible. His biggest and most important lesson is convincing Julia, a patient in a hospital room to Never Give Up. This heart-warming, inspirational story is perfect to teach children that a bad day is not a bad life. Dreams do come true. Things will get better. So, pick yourself up, shake yourself off and believe that if Bentley can do it You Can Do It. Bentleythehippo.com

MY THOUGHTS

The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to Never Give Up, by Argyro Graphy, is a good book to use to encourage children if they have a disability or are going through a tough time medically. The animals and children share about their own disabilities, including those that aren’t seen, in order to show not everyone, (indeed no one) is perfect!

The pictures are appealing, vibrant and cute. They do a good job of illustrating each animal or child’s disability or illness, while at the same time the characters explain the same. As they are reading, or being read to, children will be able to better understand compassion and friendship towards others. I feel one of the greatest lessons to learn is optimism and that every day is not a bad day. These are among the many valuable lessons to be learned from Bentley Hippo and his friends!

The book is recommended for ages 3-8. However, I feel it is better suited to ages six and above as the subject matter may be a little “heavy” and scary for younger children.

I received  The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to Never Give Up from Book Sirens. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

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