Inspiring Perseverance with Fiona the Hippo & a Giveaway


Zonderkidz is partnering with me for a giveaway! 

As a parent it’s important to guide your children through their life. As they grow this guidance can come in different forms as the challenges they face are more complex. But for young children providing inspiring and uplifting picture books is a simple way to create an environment of positive messages. Reading with your children and discussing large picture perspectives on life creates a stage for communication that lets them ponder and develop a personal narrative on who they are as a person. 

In the cute and simple book Fiona the Hippo children can be inspired to persevere through life’s challenges. I’ll spoil the book for you and share a section of the last page that ends with this encouraging story. She was stronger. She was happy. And Fiona was loved. Though being born prematurely created a series of obstacles for Fiona to live a “normal” life she persevered and was able to have her goal realized. 

This picture book is based upon the true story of a little hippo born at the Cincinnati Zoo. If you happen to have heard of her story through the news or social media this book will especially be a delight. But one need not have known about this famous hippo previously to garner a valuable lesson for little minds. 

Here is the official scoop on the book! 

Fiona the Hippo, by New York Times bestselling artist Richard Cowdrey of Bad Dog, Marley fame, tells the story of Fiona, the adorable internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo who captured hearts around the world with her inspiring story and plucky personality.

Born prematurely, at only 29 pounds, Fiona was not expected to live. But her spunk and determination helped her thrive and become a happy, healthy hippopotamus. With every challenge she faced, Fiona let out a snort, wiggled her ears, and said “I’ve got this.” And she did! In this delightful story, inspired by the real adventure of this heroic hippo, join Fiona and her lovable animal friends at the zoo as she is introduced to the world in this whimsical and inspiring tale of perseverance and friendship.

About the Author

Richard Cowdrey’s favorite things to draw and paint are the common things seen everywhere in nature. He especially enjoys capturing the expressions, eyes, and gestures of both humans and animals. Drawing and painting Fiona was challenging as the hippopotamus is a very unique yet beautiful creature! Richard’s bestselling children’s books include Legend of the Candy CaneBad DogMarley, and A Very Marley Christmas.

One Lucky Mama Report reader will a Fiona Pool Party prize pack! Details below- 

Fiona’s Pool Party!

Throw the best pool party ever for your little zoo animal! Winner receives:

Giveaway open to US addresses only.

Prizing and samples provided by Zonderkidz

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  1. Colleen Maurina says

    My two granddaughters would love this book. We followed Fiona’s story on the news and are so happy that she’s healthy and happy! We visit our local zoo frequently and the girls love to watch the hippos. Fiona is a great inspiration of strength and perseverance!

  2. Audrey Griffis says

    I think both my kids would enjoy it but also my twin nieces

  3. My niece’s would love this book because they love animals! It also has a great message!

  4. Awww…. I have four girls, but my youngest would just love this book!

  5. My grandson Max would love this book! He loves to look at animal books and animal videos, and he would enjoy Fiona’s story a great deal!

  6. Darlene Owen says

    My grandson loves hippo so I know he would love this.

  7. Debra Hall says

    We love Fiona My family is going to the Cincinnati Zoo tomorrow to see her

  8. My granddaughter would love me to read this to her. She loves all animals

  9. katklaw777 says

    My youngest would luv this book…she luvs all animals…thanks!

  10. Tabathia B says

    My daughter because of the hippo float

  11. My daughter because she is at that age!

  12. Jennifer Wright says

    My daughter would love this book. She loves reading about animals and she loves seeing Fiona at the Cincy zoo when we visit.

  13. Diane Kleemann says

    My son would love to read this to his niece.
    Years ago he sponsored Pinky the hippo at the zoo and even got a Father’s Day card from him!

  14. shelly peterson says

    My grandson because he loves animals.

  15. Diane Sallans says

    I’ve loved watching videos of Fiona’s progress over the last year – it’s great that there’s a book about her journey!

  16. Marilyn Nawara says

    My granddaughter would LOVE this book — Fiona is so cute and special.

  17. The kids would love this book because they are really into animals and going to the zoo. I think they would love Fiona so much.

  18. Sure my grand daughter would love to read about Fiona and because we love the zoo

  19. My daughter would love this book because she likes animals and she would enjoy reading about Fiona’s determination.

  20. My nieces would love this book because Fiona looks so cute!

  21. Jessica To says

    My son loves books and movies about animals.

  22. I would love reading this book to my niece. She loves hippos and Fiona.

  23. Our family would love this book and prize pack! We followed along with Fiona when she was born so early…and cheered her on with each new accomplishment! She is so precious…we would love reading this and the pool float would be a huge favorite for the kids!

  24. Jeremy McLaughlin says

    My cousin would love this book, he loves reading about animals.

  25. Donna Clifford says

    My friends young daughter

  26. my daughter she loves hippos!

  27. I have 6 grandchildren and a children’s library at my house. I know 4 of the 6 grandchildren would love to read this book when they visit. Thanks for the chance to win.

  28. Shannon Baas says

    my nieces would love this.

  29. Abigail Gibson says

    My nephew would love this book. He loves animals.

  30. My cousin! She loves hippos and books!

  31. Mary Chapman says

    My son loves hippos! He would also love all the fun pictures

  32. Janet Woodling says

    My daughter teaches Kindergarten and this book would be a wonderful addition to her class library.

  33. My grandson would love this book because he love to read books.

  34. courtney b says

    my daughter loves zoo animals so I know she would love it


  35. Mellissa C says

    My niece would love this book because she loves animals!

  36. Tari Lawson says

    I think my students would love this book. They enjoy books with animals.

  37. Amy Welling says

    My daughter Georgie would love this book. She loves all animals but Hippos are one of her favorites!!

  38. I think my twin grandkids would love for me to win this for them

  39. Sharon Rooney says

    My niece would just love this book. She has a thing for hippos.

  40. My kids would love this!!

  41. elizabeth miller says

    My granddaughter would love this book. She loves anything and everything to do with animals.

  42. Nicole Lancaster says

    My children would really enjoy the Fiona the Hippo book because they love animals and love visiting the zoo.

  43. David Basile says

    For my niece

  44. Derek Miller says

    My son and daughter would both love this book. They have always loved animals.

  45. Jeanna Massman says

    I think my grandson would love this book!

  46. Sarah Bihms says

    My daughter LOVES “potamusses”!

  47. Anne Higgins says

    Our grandchildren will enjoy reading this book to me and I will look forward to it – we all LOVE books!

  48. My little would love this-she loves animals!

  49. My niece would love this book, hippos are here favorite animal!!

  50. My son and my niece would love this book

  51. susan smoaks says

    my daughter would love this. she really loves to read and this is a good book.

  52. Susan Chester says

    My 4 year old granddaughter would love this. She is crazy about animals.

  53. jennifer cervantes says

    My daughters would love this book, they love animals!

  54. Leslie Davis says

    my friend’s kids because they love anything animals.

  55. Jennifer S. says

    My nephew would love this! We took him to the zoo for the first time a few months ago and now he’s obsessed with all types of animals. We’ve gone to the zoo at least 10 times this summer because it’s the first thing he’s been really excited about so it’s kind of hard to say no to him!

  56. My best friend’s daughter would love this book. We’ve gone to the zoo together several times, and she really loves animals!

  57. Antoinette M says

    A great story about facing your challenges…my daughter would love this book.

  58. Jill Rivera says

    I have two grandchildren. They both saw the hippos in the zoo and love them. I want the book to for them to remember their first zoo experience.

  59. I would love to read to my Granddaughter

  60. amy stonger says

    I think my daughter would love this story.

  61. Anna; she hearts all animals!

  62. Katherine S says

    My daughter would love this

  63. kathy pease says

    I would like to win this for my granddaughter because she loves to be read to 🙂

  64. Marilyn Nawara says

    My granddaughter would love Fiona — such a great story.

  65. My son who will be 4 this week would love this! he is actually starting to read and I couldn’t be more proud I love him and am so proud I love to support learning in any way that i can.

  66. Kayla klontz says

    My daughter would love this, she loves hippos!

  67. I think my daughter would love this book. She loves and animals and sweet stories!

  68. I think my daughter would love this book. She loves animals and sweet stories!

  69. My daughter would love to read this book would love to win for her

  70. Denise Sachs says

    My grandson would love this book, because he loves animals.

  71. My nieces would love this book! They’d also love the fact that a real hippo was the inspiration for the book.

  72. Lavonda Baker says

    My daughter loves Fiona!

  73. My niece and nephew would both love this book.

  74. My niece would love this

  75. Virginia Rowell says

    My granddaughter would absolutely love this. She is such an animal lover of all kinds and is just so sweet herself.

  76. Laurie Emerson says

    My daughter would love this book. She loves books about animals.


    My niece, Miss Pie, would love to read it. She loves hippos more than any kid I know.

  78. My niece would love this book or a friends daughter! Thanks for the chance to win this great prize.

  79. This is such a cute prize pack and I know my little ones would be thrilled to have it! The book sounds adorable as well!

  80. Karen Gonyea says

    My grandsons would love this !!

  81. Leah Shumack says

    My daughter would really love this! She’s been watching Fiona since she was born!

  82. Julie Hawkins says

    My kids would love this book because it is such a great story.

  83. Kelsey Vinson says

    I think my kids would love the prize pack!

  84. It sounds like a great book that my littles would love to hear it at bedtime.

  85. Philip Lawrence says

    My grandchild would love this book because she loves hippos!

  86. Janine Hwang says

    Both of my kids would love this book

  87. My kids would love this.

  88. Christian Alejandro says

    My niece would love it.

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