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Children's LiteratureVeronica longs to be conspicuous and that should not be hard. After all, Veronica is a hippopotamus. The problem is, Veronica lives with a huge family of hippos where she is just one of the crowd. So, off she goes to find fame in the big city. There she is certainly conspicuous. Too conspicuous. She takes up too much room on the sidewalk and people become angry when she steps on their toes. Walking in the street does not work out well either, especially since she goes the wrong way on a one-way street. It seems no matter where Veronica goes, people complain and the policeman moves her along. There is humor in her attempts to "park" between two cars and splash in a fountain. When the huge creature eats all the veggies from a vendor's cart, she is carted off to jail and a little old lady comes to the rescue. Veronica goes back to her family and friends but now her star does shine. Veronica's stories of life in the big city have all the hippos gathered around. The illustrations are alternated between colorful drawings and pen and ink sketches. 1989 (orig. 1961), Alfred. A. Knopf/Random House, Ages 4 to 7.
—Carolyn Mott Ford