Easy Reading: Hand Me Down Hippo
Title:"Hand Me Down Hippo"
Author: Hazel Edwards
Illustrator: Mini Goss
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Out of print
Just as valued toys and clothes become hand-me-downs', the mini female cousin hippo is a hand me down of the imagination.
It is meant for the generation of readers who read the earlier rooftop-cake-eating hippo picture books. Aimed at newly independent readers who like chapter books, 'Hand Me Down Hippo' explores the challenges of sleeping over, being picked for sports teams and flying. All times when you need a friend with the answers, or even the coaching skills.
The illustrations by Mini Goss have most imaginative perspectives that can provoke thought and discussion. For example: Why might the candle be question-mark shaped?
Some online retailers have copies available :
There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake has been adapted for the screen by Pocket Bonfire Productions as a short film. Starring Angus Sampson and Bridie Carter, the story follows rogue 9-year-old Zoe and a shower-singing, bike-riding, cake-eating Hippopotamus.
To celebrate the 30th 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.
Hand Me Down Hippo 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!
You can find more resources and classroom ideas for all of Hazel's Books by clicking through to the Teachers Resources Page.
Premier's Reading Challenges
Hand Me Down Hippo is listed as approved reading on Premier's Reading Challenges throughout Australia:
- NSW Premier's Reading Challenge: K-2 Challenge Level
- Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge: Years Prep to 2
- South Australians Premier's Reading Challenge: Reception to Year 2
- ACT Chief Minister's Reading Challenge: Years Prep to 2
Have you read Hand Me Down Hippo? Why not send Hazel a comment? You can email Hazel, tweet Hazel or post a message on her Facebook Page.You could also write your own book review. Here are some of the comments online. If you have more why not send them through!
You may wish to read Hazel's other Hippo picture book titles illustrated by Deborah Niland.
Book Reviews of 'There's a Hippo...'
- Review of 'There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake' on The Book Chook
- There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake named in the Bub Hub 'Classic Ten' list for 18 months to 3 Years.
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