Veronica

Veronica

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by Roger Duvoisin
     
 

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Veronica, a hippopotamus who wants to stand out from the herd and be famous, travels to the big city where she indeed does stand out. Causing traffic jams, blocking sidewalks, and devouring a pushcart vendor’s vegetables in one big gulp, Veronia is arrested and jailed. How she discovers that there is no place like home is told with warm humor and sublimely…  See more details below

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Veronica, a hippopotamus who wants to stand out from the herd and be famous, travels to the big city where she indeed does stand out. Causing traffic jams, blocking sidewalks, and devouring a pushcart vendor’s vegetables in one big gulp, Veronia is arrested and jailed. How she discovers that there is no place like home is told with warm humor and sublimely mirthful illustrations that are great fun to share with a young child.

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Veronica 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307804754
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
12/19/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Roger Duvoisin (1900–80) was the author and illustrator of more than forty children’s books, including the Happy Lion and Petunia series and White Snow, Bright Snow, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1948.

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VERONICA is a timeless tale for youngsters, written and illustrated elegantly by Roger Duvoisin. first released in 1961, copyright in 1989¿ and republished by Knopf in 2006. 'Veronica' is a charming hippopotamus who desires to be different, and famous too, than her peers of the muddy riverbanks. In her own words, Veronica states: 'No one notices me here, I don't even know myself.' How does Veronica accomplish becoming a standout? By traveling to a city and mingling with the crowds on the streets. This Hippo was in her glory when she saw only people, policemen, cars, BUT NO OTHER HIPPOPOTAMUS IN SIGHT. Being very tired from the long journey, Veronica tried to lie down on the sidewalk, at the curb, in a space in a parking lot (where there was free parking of course). But alas, she was given a ticket by a police officer for curbside, sidewalk, roadway, and general disruption and put in a jail cell¿ which was a might too small for Veronica. Travel with Veronica on her 'find myself' adventure. Author Duvoisin was born in Switzerland in 1904, arrived in the United States in 1925, and died in 1980. During his lifetime, he authored and illustrated dozens of children's books, illustrated for other authors, and magazines among which was his cover art for the 'NEW YORKER'.