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Rainforest Cafe 3JOAN DIEHL is the author of Once Upon a War – The Diary of a Waiting Wife and Little Hal – A Pygmy Hippo in Danger. Both have received five-star reviews from Readers’ Favorites.

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Once Upon a War-The Diary of a Waiting Wife recalls an era  in American history when denigration of the military was in style. During my Air Force husband’s  long absence in Vietnam, our five children and I lived among other waiting families in a community in Salina, Kansas, called Schilling Manor. There has never been another like it.

Mama Hazel has warned her adventurous one-year-old that it’s very dangerous to run around in broad daylight. After all, a pygmy hippo in the wild is supposed to be a nocturnal creature. However, Little Hal loves his West African habitat so much that he can’t resist exploring it in the daytime.

Many people have never heard of a pygmy hippopotamus. Fewer than three thousand exist today. Most of them live in Liberia and the Ivory Coast of West Africa. Conservationists are concerned about their future survival in the wild, where illegal logging is their biggest threat. When their habitat’s rare trees are cut down, these hippos have less food.

In Little Hal, Mama Hazel warns her adventurous one-year-old that it’s dangerous to run around in broad daylight. After all, a pygmy hippo in the wild is supposed to be a nocturnal creature. However, Hal loves his West African habitat so much that he can’t resist exploring it in the daytime. As a result, he barely escapes from a hunter, meets a fierce-looking warthog, and makes friends with a dwarf crocodile.