by Roger Duvoisin


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Veronica by Roger Duvoisin

Veronica is your average hippopotamus with a big dream: she wants to become famous. But with so many hippopotamuses wallowing in the cool mud and swimming and splashing in the clear water along the riverbank, it’s more difficult to stand out than one might think. So Veronica does what any determined young mammal would do: she sets off to find her fortune in the nearby pink-and-white city. If she were the only hippopotamus, everyone would surely take notice, and it would be marvelous—or would it?

Many miles from the cool, muddy riverbank, the men and women of the pink-and-white city stare at Veronica, bump into her with their cars, and shout angrily when she steps on their toes. In the city, Veronica is not only conspicuous—she is very much in the way! Mishaps befall her at every turn. While taking a curbside nap, she is issued a warning for stopping traffic.  When she bathes in the public fountain, the townspeople cluck unsympathetically. At the farmers’ market, Veronica is unused to city manners and helps herself happily to an entire cart of fresh, delicious vegetables—including the paper bags. When a policeman is called to capture the hungry hippo, Veronica decides that the city is not the place for a hippopotamus. But the hustle and bustle of city life is not the only surprise to come from Veronica’s big journey. When she returns home to the riverbank, she finds her dream has come true after all. From that day forward, Veronica is famous among the hippopotamuses, who gather each day at sunset to hear about her adventures in the pink-and-white city.

Originally published in the 1960s, Veronica by Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator Roger Duvoisin is the most recent addition to the Bodleian Library’s newly minted children’s book imprint. For little readers with big dreams, it offers a timeless tale of the surprising places those dreams may take us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781851242450
Publisher: Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Publication date: 06/15/2016
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,272,341
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

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 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
adge73 on LibraryThing 6 days ago
I love the language and illustrations -- a wonderful book to read aloud. Yay to Knopf for reissuing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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'.