Fiona and the Easter Egg Hunt – Zondervan and Richard Cowdrey

Fiona and the Easter Egg Hunt by Zondervan
Also by this author: The Beginner's Bible Read Through the Bible: 8 Bible Stories for Beginning Readers
Series: Fiona the Hippo #8
Published by Zonderkidz on January 9, 2024
Genres: Children's, Easter
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Join your favorite hippo, Fiona, the beloved internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, as she plans an Easter egg hunt for her animal friends at the zoo! Fiona and the Easter Egg Hunt is another addition to the New York Times bestselling Fiona the Hippo series.

Spring has sprung, and new adorable babies are being born all over the zoo! Fiona and her friend Rico the porcupine decide to have an Easter egg hunt for the animals. But when one of Mrs. Swan’s eggs gets accidentally mixed in with the Easter eggs in Fiona’s basket, will Fiona and her friends find the egg before it hatches?

Fiona and the Easter Egg Hunt is:

A heartwarming story of friendship, responsibility, and helping others
The perfect Easter gift and an adorable addition to any Easter basket
Great for fans of Fiona the Hippo and all zoo animals
Ideal for readers ages 4-8
Part of the beloved Fiona the Hippo book series, from New York Times bestselling illustrator Richard Cowdrey

This cute picture book is about Fiona, the famous hippo from the Cincinnati Zoo. In this story, she is planning an Easter egg hunt for her friends, and is also helping a swan mother prepare for her eggs to hatch. After one of the swan eggs gets mixed up with the Easter eggs, Fiona and her friends have to find it, and the story ends on a sweet, charming note, as Fiona bonds with the baby swan that hatches. This book will appeal to Fiona fans, and the illustrations from Richard Cowdrey are colorful and energetic.

Since this book is published in association with the Cincinnati Zoo, it’s not a surprise that it doesn’t include any Christian messages. However, because this is a Zonderkidz book, some people may expect some kind of spiritual message at the end, even if it’s vague. There is nothing like that. This is a purely secular picture book, and it is just about cute animals, springtime, and Easter eggs, without even a subtle nod towards Easter’s meaning as a Christian holiday.

Fiona and the Easter Egg Hunt will appeal to fans of the famous hippo, and to families who are looking for a cute, fun story about an Easter egg hunt. I appreciate that this story has a strong plot, with a clear problem to solve and a satisfying resolution, in comparison to holiday stories with other popular characters that sometimes just meander along. Although this book isn’t necessarily exceptionally memorable, the story is sweet and has just the right amount of suspense for the target audience.