The 5,000 Friends of Veronica Veetch

By Jean Hanson, Illustrated by Launie Parry

Veronica Veetch is an odd girl. She uses big words and talks about far-off places as if she traveled the world. Her classmates assume she’s fancy-pants rich and decide to take her down a notch by refusing to talk or play with her. Then they receive an invitation to her house and find that Veronica is not rich at all, unless you count the thousands of books that fill her tiny house from wall to wall. In the end, Veronica teaches them that you don’t need money to explore the world through the pages of a book and that you should never judge a book by its cover, or a person by the size of words they use.

An intelligent, sweet story told in rhymes with large vocabulary words, The 5,000 Friends of Veronica Veetch is a great book about friendship and the value of books that also teaches young readers, ages 5-8, new words and interesting facts. Find this and other books by Colorado author Jean Hanson at bookstores and online retailers.