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For the week of December 5, 2022

Fiona the Hippo

By Richard Cowdrey

Reading Level: 2nd - 4th


        On a cold night in the Cincinnati Zoo, a baby hippopotamus was born.  Her name was Fiona, and she wasn’t expected to live because she was born too early.  However, Fiona was a fighter!

        Fiona had to learn a lot of things before she could be with her parents.  She had to learn how to eat from a bottle, learn to walk, and learn to swim.  All along the journey, the other animals in the zoo kept a close eye on Fiona and waited for their turn to play with her.  Finally, the day came when Fiona was introduced to her parents!

        Fiona the Hippo is based on the true story of a baby hippo born prematurely, not expected to live, and yet surviving and thriving at the Cincinnati Zoo.  Fiona’s story will inspire readers of all ages.  How could she not?  She is so cute!

        “I’ve got this!”