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The Hippo Hop Dance
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The sun was blazing that day
As my friends and I walked along.
Then we heard the sound,
Oh that beat, to a great, great song.
It was the day of the Hippo Hop Dance,
That we learned comes once a year.
And no matter who they were,
They just knew, that they had to be there.
Hippos were everywhere; they were jumping,
They were moving their feet.
They threw their hands, up in the air,
Just grooving to the beat!
That safari turned out to be,
Much more than we could hope.
It's not often, that one sees,
Hippos dancing and jumping rope.
People ask, where's the photos?
For a tradition so long and proud.
And I am quick, to let them know,
That no cameras were allowed.
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Artie Knapp is the author of many published works for young readers. These include:
He is a member of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and graduated from Ohio University and lives in the United States with his wife and daughter.
Here's a very short list of just some of Artie's stories which are rotated on this page one at a time. A larger collection of stories is available immediately through our Unlimited Stories option (see our Free Story Access section).
A mouse by the House(Poem)
A wish from Above
Getting to know Ronnie
Light on a Snowy Day
No More Car Wash Blues
The Hummingbird who chewed Bubblegum
The Shell Shocked Turtle
The Sweet Smelling Skunk
The Turkey and the Pumpkin
The Wasp and the Canary
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