Picture Books: Look There's a Hippopotamus in the Playground Eating Cake
TITLE:"Look There's a Hippopotamus in the Playground Eating Cake"
Author: Hazel Edwards
Illustrator: Deborah Niland
Publisher: Puffin Penguin Books Australia
Film Adaptation: Pocket Bonfire Productions film screened at Edinburgh Film Festival
Reading: On Imparja TV, Hazel reads to Yamba, for the indigenous themed book program. View here.
AudioBook : all Hippo stories and music Bolinda Audio
Chinese translations: Children's Publishing House of Sichuan Province
I've got a new school bag. I put my red drink bottle and my red lunch box in my school bag. My hippopotamus is packing his school bag too.
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.
Visit your local bookshop or these online retailers have copies available now - just click through on the direct link and you can purchase online:
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!
You can find more resources and classroom ideas for all of Hazel's Books by clicking through to the Teachers Resources Page.
How books can help when your child starts school Q & A with Hippo author
Premiers' Reading Challenges
Look There's a Hippopotamus in the Playground Eating Cake is listed as approved reading on Premiers' 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
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Events & Appearances 2023
Private online mentoring 'Complete Your Book in a Year'
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2nd PROV Mini Book Launch
9th PROV 2021 Survivors 10 am ZOOM
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