Zonderkidz is partnering with me for a giveaway!
My daughter and I read Fiona the Hippo and immediately fell in love with the book as well as the story behind the book. This book is based on the real life story of Fiona being born prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo. We really enjoyed the story and how the animals became friends with Fiona. You definitely will enjoy this book too and it will be a great addition to your library as we head back to school.
Although we have never been to the Cincinnati Zoo, my family and I go numerous times each year to the Bronx Zoo. In fact, we are members. We love visiting the animals and have celebrated the birth of new animals at the zoo before. So the idea that the public would fall in love with Fiona and the story of her premature birth completely resonates with us.
Fiona the Hippo
By Richard Cowdrey
In Stores August 7th, 2018
Published by Zonderkidz
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.
We want you to enjoy this book as much as we do so we have this awesome giveaway for you!
Take control with fabulous Fiona! Winner receives:
a copy of Fiona the Hippo,
plus a $50 Visa gift card to take your family out on the town.
Giveaway open to US addresses only.
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I like that it’s about someone who was born prematurely and later was healthy and happy
Karen A. says
I like that she grew to be happy and healthy even after she wasn’t expected to live.
Abigail Gibson says
I love comeback stories such as Fiona the Hippo.
I like that she beat the odds and the way the community rallied around.
Mendy Dinsmore says
I love how she never gives up. We all could learn from that.
Kristen J. says
I like that she managed to survive. Plus she’s super cute.
Belinda Shaw says
Fiona makes me smile.
Jessica Lodge says
I love that they are showing that no matter your circumstance your positive attitude is what gets you ahead.
Bernie Wallace says
I like the story of Fiona the Hippo because she was born prematurely to become healthy. This looks like a great childrens book.
Jennifer Stapp says
This sounds like a great book about a tiny hippo who survives against all odds. Touching.
Cynthia C says
I like the theme of persistence and overcoming obstacles. It’s an inspiring message.
Adrienne Gordon says
She will come out strong!
kathy Persons says
I love a book that teaches friendhsip
Sheila K. says
The ability and strength to rise above adversity alway makes for a good story.
Amanda L. says
I like that despite her circumstances, she persevered.
elizabeth miller says
I love that this story is all about teaching that you can overcome any obstacle if you really try. I think this is a perfect type of story for children.
I like the theme about perseverance.
Kim Henrichs says
Love Fiona! Love that the story is about overcoming the odds.
Janet W. says
I like that this story shows Fiona didn’t give up and shows perseverance!
I like how the entire community is behind her!
Great giveaway. Love Fiona and how it teaches our little ones how to overcome obstacles.
Anne Perry says
I love that she became a happy and healthy hippo.
Peter G says
She was cared for and was happy and healthy.
I like her determination of making things happen.
I like her perseverance! I’d love to share this with my nephew.
Kathy Fleming says
It’s cool how her popularity crosses the board in terms of diversity: age, race, American or international. She has been relatable to everybody.
Margaret Smith says
I like that it’s a story of being determined and not giving up.
Mary Cloud says
I like that it’s based on a true story about an animal that didn’t give up
Sheila Ritter says
I like that no matter what Fiona was faced with, she never gave up.
Nancy Bowers says
I like the focus on the positive and perseverance.
Dana Rodriguez says
This looks like such I great book. The artwork is really nice also!
The artwork looks amazing. The story sounds great!
cyndi br says
I like the storyline and it is based on a true story
Ellie Wright says
I love that she overcomes every obstacle and thrives.
I like her determination and focus on the positive.
Audrey Stewart says
I have been following Fiona’s life since she was born. We all love her and can’t wait to get the book.
I love the message it sends,never give up and keep a positive attitude.A message we should all be teaching our kiddos
Carol Graves says
I know nothing about hippos.
Dir Arop says
I love the determination shown and its very inspiring!
Her strength and determination.
Daniel M says
a nice feel good story
I love how Fiona overcomes challenges and does not let it phase her!
I love the happy ending, and how she may have had the odds stacked up against her, she overcame them.
Shelby Gil says
I have not read it… I would love a copy for my kids!
Cheryl Chervitz says
She looks for all the good in life, and keeps going despite her challenges.
Larry Gober says
This is for Migh, my 2 yr old neighbor.
Peggy Damon says
It looks like a fun book to tell the tale of a hippo that possibly wouldn’t make it cause she was small
Will G says
I like that she survived after being born prematurely.
Sara Perrera says
Both my boys were born premature so I like that this story is relatable to them with a hippo who was born premature.
Amity J says
It looks like the ultimate preemie story and the artwork is very well done.
I like that she was inspired by a true story.
Jacquelyn Cannon says
I love that this story demonstrates love, family and friendship. I also love that Fiona thrived after being held in captivity and reintroducted to her family and hippo friends.
I like that she beat the odds and lived
Donna L says
The story is about perseverance and overcoming obstacle that life throws at you.
Christina Gould says
What I like most about the story of Fiona the Hippo is how cute and tiny she is. Thanks for the giveaway!
Molli Taylor says
i love stories that teach kids about compassion, they really need to see it modeled on all levels.
beth shepherd says
I love the determination!! Thank you
What a positive story.
I like that Fiona had courage and did not give up.
RICHARD SKUSE says
I LOVE HAPPY ENDING
Tracy Shafer says
I have been following Fiona since she was born! I just love her so much. My cover photo on my facebook is her! She is so beautiful!
shannon fowler says
I like that she had such determination. Great quality for a character to have in a children’s book.
Denise S says
I like it because hippos are one of my favorite animals.
Dan Dykstra says
Really nice art work and a great story line. Wholesome!
Dan Denman says
I like that Fiona is determined and resilient.
courtney b says
i like how it teaches you self esteem and that every human and animal is beautiful on the inside and out !
I really like the illustration and Fiona’s determination.
Cheryl B says
I like that despite early setbacks she thrived.
I like that she never gives up
Vicki Wurgler says
I like that she had spunk and determination to thrive and become a happy, healthy hippopotamus
Kelly D says
I like that the story tells how she interacts with her animal friends. It sounds really cute.
Sarah Butler says
I like that it is a true story!
Shareena M says
I like how it is relateable and easy for children to understand. Love the illustration as well.
Lesley F says
I love the illustrations
Angelica Dimeo says
I like that she grows up healthy
Anne Higgins says
Your illustrator did a great job with soft eyes, great smile and your writing provided determination and learning with every step. Very encouraging
Marilyn Nawara says
She beat the odds — feel good story. Cute illustrations too.
Hanna D, says
Until Fiona was born, I didn’t realize how adorable and cute baby hippos are. I love the story of Fiona, because it shows that with love and dedication, Fiona was able to survive and that she herself was determined to survive.
Ken C says
A cute preemie hippo who survived and grew stronger is why I like this story
I just love how she is determined!
Denise M says
I love the theme of perseverance and thats its based on a true story
shelly peterson says
I love that this is a true story about a hippo who was so determined.
I love that Fiona is so determined.
Monique B says
This sounds like an amazing story! I would love to introduce my kids to Fiona.
Derek Miller says
I like how amazing it is that Fiona not just survived but thrived.
aaron reck says
I love this story so beautiful I have little nieces and nephews, well they are pre teens now, but both were born premature one was 3 months early! Blessings!
Tracy Robertson says
I love that it’s a special animal story that is true! I would have been thrilled by this story as a kid!
Jeanna Massman says
I love that it sends the message to children that it’s OK to be different.
KENNETH OHL says
I love the story of this book think my little niece would love it
What I like most is the different animals being friends with each other.
I like that the book is based on the real life story of Fiona . The illustrations look beautiful.
Amber Hensley says
my favorite part is how she was born premature but still continues to seem happy all the time 🙂
i like the cute characters and good message it sends to kids!
Sheila Ressel says
I love the determination and will to live that Fiona demonstrates – and the pictures are really cute too!
BIRDIE SKOLFIELD says
I love that Fiona is a story of grit she hung in and rose to overcome so much in her life great story to read to the kids again and again
Lisa Brown says
i like that it is a happy, feel-good story
I love how she never gives up
It is a cute story ideal I like it.
I like that she was determined to become a happy, healthy hippo.
I love Fiona’s courage and the beautiful art in this picture book.
Jenny Laundrie says
Such a cute story and happy ending
paige chandler says
I like the beautiful pictures and sweet hippo babies
Debbie Welchert says
I love how she overcomes all of the bad stuff that comes her way. She is definitely a fighter.
Tabetha Tlili says
Love the story overcoming the odds
Claire McKeon says
I love that she was a premie who thrived! Not enough premie stories!
bill norris says
I love the art.
The illustrations are charming
debra p says
The inspiration to keep on keeping on and the absolutely magnificent illustrations!
Amy Hood says
Awww! We love Fiona!! We’ve beennfollowing her story since day one!
Stephanie M. says
My girls and I love Fiona! We’ve actually been to the Cincinnati Zoo to see her! So amazing!
Patty Wright says
I like that the story is positive and the hippo doesn’t give up. My 4 yr old grandaughter would love it
I love that one of her traits is having spunk..
Meg S says
I love Fiona! She’s such a fighter and she’s just so cute!
Jeanne Coulombe says
I love how she never gives up!
Sabrina Zehner says
The can do attitude no matter what.
I like the positive attitude from the book, it makes for a good example for your children.
I love the positive vibes, thank you so much for the great offer!
Ashley C says
I love that the book teaches kids about perseverance. It’s a great trait to be teaching them!
Ashley Sammons says
I love that Fiona is so strong and always so happy. Her care team was and is extremely supportive of her.
Jill Jackson says
Fiona beat the odds!! I absolutely love her and am planning my honeymoon around meeting her
Grant D says
I think its a good lesson for kids
Deb jensen says
I love how it teaches friendship
Paula Gustin says
Comeback stories have a special place in my heart.
Cheryl Wilson says
I would love this book for my grandbabies they would love it.
kelly tupick says
I like how she is a survivor and doesn’t give up.
Sonya Allstun says
I love that they are showing that no matter your circumstance your positive attitude is what gets you ahead.
heather miller says
a wonderful book
Alexandra Y says
I like that it is a happy story.
Emily Benzing says
I love that it tells a story of an animal going through an obstacle and overcoming it. Being born prematurely is something some kids can relate to. I think a lot of kids will be able to resonate with the story. I love learning about new things and this book seems like it could tell me a lot!
Tonya Mcminn says
I love that it teaches kids social skills and how to make friends.
Keri Justice says
I love the art work! It makes the story come to life and it’s beautiful.
Susan Smith says
I like that she grew to be happy and healthy even after she was born prematurely.
Ellen Levickis says
I love that the book teaches kids about perseverance
Fiona is our local celebrity. I love how the book shows her true character. The book shows us that no matter how small or a disability you can overcome All Odds
Shawn Stover says
how she never gives up!
Brianna Cavins says
She didnt let anything stand in her way!
Jennylyn Gross says
first that it is so cute and 2nd cause she never gives up
Kimberly G says
The illustrations are cute, and the story is fun and impactful.
Patricia Wojnar Crowley says
I like the lesson of what determination can do!
Denise W says
Makes you feel good inside. Like a warm hug
Laurie Nykaza says
I love Fiona and how she overcame so much in her life and how friendship was so important in her life too,
kim minton says
her manage to survive
I LIKE FIONA BECAUSE SHE TEACHES KIDS TO NEVER GIVE UP DESPITE CHALLENGES YOU MAY FACE 🙂
Anna Tillou says
I love the drawings! I think it’s great that it’s showing children never give up and stay positive and strong.
Laura Kornak says
Fiona is so Popular at the preschool I just quit at recently. Just wonderful!
Holly Thomas says
I like that it is about positivity and happiness.
kathy m says
I love her strength and determination to survive. What a positive role model!
Jeremy McLaughlin says
Like how she never gives up.
Meghan Malicoat says
I like that it is a feel good and happy true story.
Robin M says
I like how she didn’t give up
I like Fiona’s determination.
I like it because it has such a cute cover and Fiona sounds awesome and inspirational!
deanna hanson says
i love that she never gives up
Jenny Ham says
I like that she beat the odds from the beginning
Rhonda Y says
Overcoming adversity makes for an inspiring story and what a cute hippo, to boot.
Nikki Bankert says
I love that she is strong willed.
Tammy Young says
she managed to survive and never gives up
B.J. Bernal says
I love that it’s such a positive book!
Amy r says
Its an against the odds story
I LOVE that it is inspired by a real true hippo hero! It sounds like a truly amazing and adorable story.
Richard Brandt says
I like that it all really happened. All things are possible.
Lori Magelky says
based on real story
Jessica To says
I like that it shows her determination.
Dorothy Cagle Reynolds says
I like that the Fiona is based on a real live Hippo that children can see in real life. It brings the children’s imagination to life.
Peggy B says
I live in Cincy and we all love Fiona and her story. Thanks for sharing.
Juanita May says
The illustrations are charming and the story of strength and overcoming obstacles is wonderful.
Tammy Shelton says
Never give up! I love hippos.
rhonda miotke says
She doesnt give up hope. Keeps moving forward.
Traci a says
I like that it’s about my favorite hippo <3
Stephanie Grant says
I love that even though she had lots of health obstacles to overcome by being born early that she still grew to be happy and healthy.
Laura Rubenstein says
i love her will to survive
Christine Weary says
I love that Fiona is a fighter.
Karen Jaras says
I love the story about perseverance, but I also love that they used a unique animal like the hippo and it it fun to say!
I love that Fiona is a strong, determined fighter and this story has an amazing story line. I love that perseverance led her through!
I love that is up lifting and helps children understand that we all have obstacles to get over in life.
Debbie Penney says
What I like most is that kids are shown what really happens in the zoo!
Esther Harrell Tartaglia says
I love the story . It is very heart warming!
jeanette sheets says
i love that it is teaching young minds that no matter how bad your situation is that you can overcome and grow up to be healthy and happy!!great story
Carrie Conley says
Her positive I’ve got it attitude
Linda Wood says
I like Fiona because she knows looks aren’t important.
Diana M says
This would be great for my grand daughter right now
melanie huttner says
I love how Fiona makes so many happy!
Lori Walker says
I love that it’s true.
I love the pictures! 🙂
Kathy D says
Love that she never gives up
Christina O says
Beating the odds and happiness.
Brandi Stokes says
Thanks for this amazing giveaway and good luck to everyone else
I love love Fiona!
Love Fiona and her story!
Lindsay A. says
This sounds like such an adorable story of a tough soul who persevered! The illustrations look beautiful too!
I like how she overcomes the challenges she has!
I like that she fought to survive!
My favorite part is that she is a survivor and she is super cute.
Danielle Fernandez says
So cute , I have to get this for my Uncle . He’s a huge fan of Fiona !
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Minta Boggs says
I live in Cincinnati, OH and still have not met Fiona! 🙁 But I love the concept of this book.
Karla R. says
I love that she thrived to live.
Aubrey daniels says
Love the hippo!
That it’s real
Barbara Mayes says
I love that Fiona is brave!
Julie Matek says
I love how she was optimistic and proved them wrong:)
I like how things can always change & get better
carol clark says
she was born premature and how she over came some thing love the story
Shelly Dixon says
We love that she is determined and doesn’t give up!
Jacob Bray says
She out did the odds and lived to be healthy 🙂 thanks for the chance to win.
Rebecca Weiss says
This looks like a cute story for my girls to read! I like that it follows Fiona from a baby hippo to an adult and tells the story of how she persevered.
Rhonda Tenderholt says
I love her spunk and determination. The pictures are great.
Antoinette M says
Love her “can do” attitude!
Sarah Cool says
I love the illustrations they are done beautifully
i think the story is very cute!!
Rajee Pandi says
love the real adventure of this heroic hippo
Erika W. says
I love the determination and not giving up. Great themes for kids!
Jessica Cox says
I love not only did Fiona not give up but her caretakers also never gave up on her.
Lauren Becker says
I live right by Cincinnati, so that it’s a hometown love is something I adore. I also like that it’s a story of overcoming odds!
Fiona N says
I love that she is strong and beautiful 🙂 What a great animal book for children!
Kyl Neusch says
Fiona makes me smile.
Tabitha Miller says
Surinder gurm says
My daughter was born very small so this story resonates
Tamra Gibson says
My granddaughter was born early bc she had a stroke inside my daughter. She has had many obstacles to overcome and this year she gets to attend regular school and shes thrilled so I like this because it reminds me of her
This story is a new one for me, but would be a great way to emphasize that starting with things against you (like being born very small) does not mean that things cannot go well in the future.
Susan Christy says
I like her tenacity!
I LOVE THE STORY!
Barbara Montag says
I admire Fiona’s courage so uplifting.
Heather Amos says
I like that it is about overcoming obstacles. Great story.
Allison Swain says
I love that she survived!
Thank you for the chance to win!
Mary Chapman says
I love Fiona’s perseverance!
Jenny Q. says
I love the illustrations for this story. It looks like one my youngest would enjoy!
Kimberly Schotz says
I like that Fiona is strong willed and determined. I look forward to reading this book to the residents I work with who have dementia in Memory Care. Fiona is also adorable!
Crystal Ward says
I love the message to always stay positive!
Shannon S says
I love the message that you can do it, you can overcome.
Olivia B says
Sounds like a beautiful story on perseverance!
Celeste Herrin says
Surviving Against All Odds! Now that’s a great positive and uplifting story.
Sandy Lafrenz says
Love that is is about never giving up despite obstacles!
Kobi Carpenter says
I love the illustrations and the lesson that you can rise above adversity
Colleen Maurina says
I followed Fiona’s story when watching the news on television. This story showed me the strength and determination of this cute baby hippo and the love and care of her caretakers that brought her through a tough beginning. Very inspirational!
Sarah Hayes says
I love how cute the animals are!
Korey Watkins says
Fiona is adorable!
Scott M says
This book is so precious! This book has beautifully done illustrations, telling the story of baby hippo Fiona born weeks early. It’s also a great story about overcoming obstacles!
Nicole Deardorf says
I love how she never gives up. We all could learn from that. Plus, her snort and ear wiggling are super cute. 🙂
Sara Floyd says
I really like that it is giving a voice to animals, and hope it makes people feel like they have feelings too
Stephany Schepers says
I liked that it was a heartfelt story and touched so many hearts.
Michelle Bartley says
Fiona is a great story teaching kids positivity!
Cheryl Repeta says
I liked the story because it was very inspirational which I think is good for children.
Wendy Jabkowski says
Burp! – kids love body functions!
Richelle Leffler says
I’ve never read it before but it sounds like a great book with a great story behind it. I love hippos.
Victoria Betancourt says
Love how she beats the odds with her determination!
Jodi W says
I like that the positivity and shows you can beat the odds
susan smoaks says
i love that the story is inspirational. it’s awesome.
Melissa J says
I love that it’s based on a true story. Those kinds of things always make me happy.
Wendy Pesce says
Looks like a really cute book!
ken Ohl says
must say I have never seen this book before but my little niece would love this
Sharon Schoepe says
I like that it is a positive story about not giving up and overcoming obstacles
Chris Pugh says
I like that she was determined to survive
Jessica m says
love that she is determined
Jennifer Cervantes says
I like that it shows how she best the odds and was determined to survive.
Brenda Haines says
I loved watching her grow as a premature baby and the whole family is just in love with Fiona!
Angela Thorpe says
I love how she determined she is 🙂
Brittney House says
I like that it’s based on a true story.
Mellissa C says
I love that she beats the odds that are against her!
Dandi D says
I always enjoy a goof story about baby animals in the zoo!
Tina Demarco says
that its a story about a hippo i just love those cutie pies!!!!
Rhonda Fuller says
I have never heard this story. it sounds great!
Gwendolyn Mulholland says
I love the Fiona story because it helped bring people together rooting for her.
I love the positive message and pretty artwork.
Lyndsey R. says
I like the upbeat and positive outlook Fiona keeps.
Kristi C says
I like the determination to survive.
Margaret Rice says
Granddaughters will absolutely love this, story about animal and teaches never give up, being determined in life is a good thing.
Margaret Rice says
teaches never give up, being determined in life is a good thing.
Katrina Weiss says
I like that it’s about a hippo, an animal that there’s not a ton of children’s books about.
Rose Santuci-Sofranko says
As an artist, I love the illustrations! Thanks and God Bless!
dave lee says
I love how she never gives up. We all could learn from that.
Katrina Angele says
I like that she was a fighter
Eileen Boyce says
I like that she survived against the odds.
Roel Saenz says
I like the character – she is the comeback kid.
Leslie Davis says
The art is adorable.
I like how she defies the odds against her.
I liked despite everything she never gave up.
Amanda Ripsam says
I can relate to the book having 22q and raising my child who has 22q a rare genetic disorder. I would love to win the giveaway. It’s a great book about not giving up and over coming challenges.
Michelle C says
I love what an inspiring story it is and also that an animal is the main character!
Linda G. says
I like how determined she was!
Angela H. says
I like the fact that Fiona is a hippo (animal)
Tabathia B says
That she was born prematurely
Brigitte Bauman says
I love the illustrations in the book.
Tiffany Schmidt says
That she’s a National superstar, from here in Ohio. Everyone loves Fiona!
Stephanie Larison says
I like that it’s a story about friends and her being strong willed.
Carolyn Daley says
The illustrations are beautiful. I love that Fiona had the perseverance to survive and make friends along the way.
The illustration and great support is always an inspiration
Kate F. says
I like that she overcame the odds to become a happy and healthy hippo.
Nora T says
I like that the story emphasizes the power of persistance.
Francine Anchondo says
I like that she never gives up.
Brandon Sparks says
How she grew up to be a perfectly healthy and beautiful woman..
Lisa V. says
I haven’t read it yet, but it looks adorable.
Kayla klontz says
I most like that he’s a survivor.
Sarah L says
I like her spunk and all the animal friends.
Thanks for the contest.
Kerry P says
I love the quality of the illustrations and also that it exposes children to a topic that is not often in children’s books
Kathy Pease says
I love that it is about a hippo. My granddaughter loves all books with animals.
I like that she grep up healthy.
Shelby Terwell says
Fiona is from the zoo near me, and saw her everywhere. I think it’s great she has her own story. ?
tammy iler says
I think its a story about lifes hardships and how everything works out on the long run
Leah Shumack says
I love how she shows to never give up!!
Ae Minx says
I love that she’s happy and positive
Beverly Metcalf says
Fiona was born premature, but she was a fighter and survived. It’s a cute story and I love the drawings. Thanks!
Philip Lawrence says
I like that she overcame being so small at birth.
Michelle H. says
I love how she persevered.
Heather B. says
She never gave up, she had a lot of courage.
Trisha McKee says
I love the message of trying and overcoming and also on self-esteem! This seems like an amazing story!
I like stories about animals, so I liked this one
Megan Tilley says
I like that she is a survivor and that she overcame.
BRIAN E. says
A lovely real-life story that our kids would enjoy: could help them appreciate the wonderful (vanishing) wildlife of our planet, and our obligation to protect & preserve it.
I love that Fiona is a fighter.
Kristen Benson says
This is sucha cute story and so relevant
I like that it shows kids to not give up, to keep trying. She was a strong brave one,
Janice B says
I really like that the story shows that she faces every challenge with an “I’ve got this” attitude. It is the attitude I try to instill in my kids.
I like that it is a story about strength and community.
Janine H says
I love the illustrations!