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Cincinnati Zoo to host latest Fiona book launch

July 30, 2018

CINCINNATI (AP) — Fans of the Cincinnati Zoo’s famed premature hippo can celebrate the latest book about Fiona at an ice cream party at the Hippo Cove where she lives.

“Fiona the Hippo” features artwork from illustrator Richard Cowdrey and tells the against-the-odds story of the hippo born nearly two months early in January 2017. She was 29 pounds (13 kilograms), a third the size of a typical full-term Nile hippo. People around the globe followed the efforts to help her overcome early issues to thrive, and she became a big hit with zoo visitors.

The Aug. 7 launch includes a drawing demonstration and book signing.

Published by Zonderkidz, children’s division of Zondervan, it joins a half dozen Fiona books by various authors and illustrators that have sold tens of thousands so far.

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