Do you remember hearing about the baby hippo born at the Cincinnati Zoo last year? The coverage on social media showed a tiny hippo, named Fiona. I’m very excited to share Fiona’s very own book with you today, Fiona the Hippo written and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. The blog post and giveaway is sponsored by Zonderkidz, however all opinions are my own. Fiona was born pre-maturely in January 2017 and weighed 29 lbs. Since birth, Fiona has grown a following and continues to thrive at her exhibit in the Cincy zoo. Writer and Illustrator Cowdrey does an amazing job of sharing the story of Fiona’s can do and positive attitude exclaiming, “I’ve got this” as she takes on the challenge.
Visits to the zoo were a part of childhood for my family. The Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin, Texas had the very first hippo exhibit I’d ever seen. When I heard about Fiona, I was very excited. A baby hippo! She was very delicate at birth at 29lbs and has become a zoological phenomenom. Hippos are always a top visit when we go to zoos. Here’s a pic of the last time we visited the zoo in Lufkin with our friends Brice and Nadia.
Since receiving Fiona The Hippo, the book has been loved very much and Ezra has been asking a lot of questions about hippos. We hope to visit the zoo in Alexandria soon to see if there is a hippo exhibit. Ezra’s reading skills are improving but he still likes for us to read to and with him sometimes.
And now for the giveaway information:
One Winner will receive:
- One (1) copy of Fiona the Hippo,
- plus a $50 Visa gift card to take your family out on the town.
How to Enter:
- Leave a comment below telling me your favorite zoo animal and if you’ve ever seen a hippo at the zoo! Extra point if you’ve seen our girl Fiona!!
- Retweet the tweet below and leave me your Twitter handle in the comment each day you retweet.
- Follow @Zonderkidz on Twitter Leave me your Twitter handle in the comment section
- Leave a comment on another post and come back and tell me which post you commented on.
*You can enter daily by retweeting daily and leaving comments on other posts.*
Giveaway ends Sunday, August 26th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.
Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Zonderkidz. Candypolooza is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Void where prohibited.
Good Luck Everyone!!
— Candy Po (@Candypo) August 18, 2018
About Fiona the Hippo
Fiona the Hippo, by New York Times bestselling artist Richard Cowdrey of Bad Dog, Marley fame, tells the story of Fiona, the adorable internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo who captured hearts around the world with her inspiring story and plucky personality.
Born prematurely, at only 29 pounds, Fiona was not expected to live. But her spunk and determination helped her thrive and become a happy, healthy hippopotamus. With every challenge she faced, Fiona let out a snort, wiggled her ears, and said “I’ve got this.” And she did! In this delightful story, inspired by the real adventure of this heroic hippo, join Fiona and her lovable animal friends at the zoo as she is introduced to the world in this whimsical and inspiring tale of perseverance and friendship.
About the Author
Richard Cowdrey’s favorite things to draw and paint are the common things seen everywhere in nature. He especially enjoys capturing the expressions, eyes, and gestures of both humans and animals. Drawing and painting Fiona was challenging as the hippopotamus is a very unique yet beautiful creature! Richard’s bestselling children’s books include Legend of the Candy Cane, Bad Dog, Marley, and A Very Marley Christmas.