Veronica on Petunia's Farm

Veronica on Petunia's Farm

by Roger Duvoisin
     
 

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VERONICA, THE VERY conspicuous hippopotamus, is happy to move to Mr. Pumpkin’s farm. There will be so many animals to gossip with! But the other animals do not return Veronica’s hearty “Good morning!” And they say nasty things about her. Her feelings hurt, Veronica hides in the barn for a whole week—the animals spy on her as she wastes

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VERONICA, THE VERY conspicuous hippopotamus, is happy to move to Mr. Pumpkin’s farm. There will be so many animals to gossip with! But the other animals do not return Veronica’s hearty “Good morning!” And they say nasty things about her. Her feelings hurt, Veronica hides in the barn for a whole week—the animals spy on her as she wastes away and looks morose. Feeling guilty, the animals offer gifts to cheer her up, and when she finally joins them in the barnyard, they see the biggest smile ever on Veronica’s face. First published in 1962, this sequel to Caldecott Medalist Duvosin’s Veronica captures with humor and an upbeat conclusion the real-life dynamics often faced by a new child in school.

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From the Publisher
“On the farm where everyone is mean to her, Veronica wastes away until each animal’s timid gesture of friendship puts her back on her feet. Grand in meaning and illustration.”—The New York Times Book Review
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
This tale of how the hippopotamus Veronica came to feel very much at home on Mr Pumpkin's farm is a reissue of a 1962 picture book by the Caldecott Award-winning artist Duvoisin. This particular story brings together characters from some of his best known books such as Veronica, the silly goose Petunia and Donkey of Donkey, Donkey. Like those books, Duvoisin's charming illustrations and language gently but firmly make an important point about getting along. While Veronica is well disposed from the first to the farm, the other animals all agree with Ida the hen who declares: "I don't like the look of a hippopotamus. It's neither a hen, nor a duck, nor a cow, nor a sheep, pig, donkey, goat, goose, horse, cat or dog. It has no place on a farm". It is only when Veronica has almost pined away in her isolation that the other animals slowly and individually make moves to help the hippo. Parents who enjoyed Duvoisin's books as children are likely to be delighted to share them with their own little ones. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375852114
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/13/2008
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Roger Duvoisin wrote and illustrated 40 books, including those featuring the silly goose Petunia. He also illustrated the Happy Lion books, written by his wife, Louise Fatio, received the Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in White Snow, Bright Snow, and a Caldecott Honor for Hide and Seek Fog, both written by Alvin Tresselt. He died in 1980.

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