Fiona the Hippo Is Getting Her Own Christmas Storybook

Richard Cowdrey, Cincinatti Zoo, Amazon
Richard Cowdrey, Cincinatti Zoo, Amazon / Richard Cowdrey, Cincinatti Zoo, Amazon

On January 24, 2017, the birth of a baby hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo captivated the nation. Little Fiona was born two months premature and weighed just 29 pounds—roughly half the weight of a healthy newborn hippo. Caretakers weren't sure if she would pull through, but after months of nourishment and support, Fiona was thriving. By her second birthday, Fiona weighed 1000 pounds.

Fiona's success story turned her into a worldwide celebrity, and soon she'll have another claim to fame: As WLWT5 reports, Fiona is getting her own holiday-themed storybook.

The upcoming book, titled a A Very Fiona Christmas, will follow the baby hippo around the Cincinnati Zoo as she learns about the holiday. The story description reads:

"When the adorable little hippo asks her friends, 'What’s Christmas?' they set out to show her all the wonders and excitement of the season. With each new experience Fiona lets out of snort, wiggles her ears, and asks, 'Is THIS Christmas?' Amidst the snow, twinkling lights, mistletoe, and stockings, Fiona ends up meeting a new friend at the zoo who helps her discover the true meaning of the holiday ... love."

The book features art from Richard Cowdrey, the illustrator of The New York Times bestseller Bad Dog, Marley!. He also illustrated Fiona's first storybook: Fiona the Hippo.

A Very Fiona Christmas comes out on October 1, 2019—just in time for the holiday season. You can preorder it from Amazon for $18 today.

[h/t WLWT5]