Look, There’s a hippopotamus in the Playground Eating Cake

The first day of school can be be scary, unless you have a friend. The hippo helps face all the important first-day-at-school experiences – meeting the teacher, eating lunch in the playground and making new friends.

Starting school is one of childhood’s major milestones. Reading this book in the year before starting school can reassure and build confidence in children before the big day.

ISBN: 780143501404 p/b
Illustrator: Deborah Niland
Publisher: Puffin Penguin Books Australia
Film Adaptation: Pocket Bonfire Productions film screened at Edinburgh Film Festival.

Chinese translations: Children’s Publishing House of Sichuan Province
Format: Paperback


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To celebrate the anniversary of the original Hippopotamus book, Puffin have created some fun Hippo Party materials. You can visit the Puffin website or download the items here.

The Hippopotamus series can provide an imaginative and fun theme for the kindergarten, classroom and the school community as a whole. A range of resources are available for download below. Enjoy!

How books can help when your child starts school Q & A with Hippo author

OAM Association Talk:
May 11th “Not Just a Piece of Cake: Being an Author” Will be on You Tube soon.

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Student Resources:
Crafting an assignment on Hazel Edwards? Get tips for school projects, and her uniquely answered questions

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