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Hanna was a hippopotamus. She lived in the zoo in Budapest, a city famous for its hippos. Hanna and the other hippos thrived in the warm springs that flowed naturally from the ground. The people of Budapest were proud of their hippos and often visited Hanna and her friends in their special house at the zoo.

One winter, however, it was so cold that the river between twin towns of Buda and Pest froze. There was a war going on, and people and animals were starving. But the people of Budapest made a plan to save their beloved hippos. 

This heartwarming story, based on a true incident that took place during World War II, is beautifully told by author Trish Marx. Barbara Knutson's charming illustrations magically evoke the faraway place and time.

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Trish Marx

Trish Marx

1948 -
American
Trish Marx writes nonfiction books and picture book biographies for young readers. With a background in journalism, she often travels to other count... See more
Barbara Knutson

Barbara Knutson

1959-2005
South African
Barbara Knutson was born in South Africa in 1959, as the child of American missionaries. Drawing, reading, and 'making things' were her favorite pas... See more

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Hanna's Cold Winter Reprint

Hanna's Cold Winter
Reprinted in 2009 by Purple House Press
Available formats: Hardcover, Paperback
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Plumfield and Paideia

Hanna's Cold Winter
Reviewed by Sara Masarik
This short story told with warm and cozy illustrations recalls the story of a Budapest family who loved the hippos in their world-famous zoo, the charismatic Hanna in particular. The illustration has a nostalgic feel and invites the reader into a fuller understanding of the story.

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