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Veronica Kindle Edition
|Length: 40 pages||Age Level: 4 - 8||Grade Level: P - 3|
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Sadly, Veronica's great adventure goes awry in spite of her best intentions and she is pushed and pulled into jail, a small building much too tiny for her huge body. Luckily, a kindly elderly lady comes to Veronica's rescue, realizing that Veronica is ready to return home, having had her fill of city life. The lady has Veronica transported home, where she is welcomed heartily. Veronica has been missed. The weary hippo is content to be among family and friends, captivating them each evening with her wild tales of the city. Her yearning for individuality has catapulted Veronica into an unfamiliar and unfriendly world where she learns the value of belonging. It's all right to go home, her memories a source of entertainment for them all. Luan Gaines/2006.
Veronica frets about her anonymity amidst her fellow hippopotamuses. She longs to be noticed. She leaves her familiar riverbank and walks for many days until she reaches a city. Here she is "conspicuous" but after the initial novelty has worn away, she is left with no where to sleep, nothing to eat and finds herself in jail. Thank goodness for little old ladies in these stories. As in Babar, one rides to the rescue and sees to it that Veronica is returned to her old home where the hippopotamus is a legend for her exploits in the city.
Roger Duvoisin originally published Veronica in 1961. The book has been reissued.