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If you have skylights at your place theres_a_santa_on_my_roof_with_reindeer_and_no_chimney.pdf theres_a_santa_on_my_roof_with_reindeer_and_no_chimney.pdf 

Alphabet Soup blog interview with Hazel about writing and lots of her books

Inspire  Where Are They Now?  What Hazel was like at school at Ashburton Primary and 4 High Schools.

  National Year of Reading: Ambassadors Hazel & Alison Lester

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Meet the Hippo and ask him your own questions!

   

The Hippopotamus on Our Roof is asked lots of questions. Here are his answers. If you have a new question, send it through and the Hippo will be happy to answer!

Q1. I haven't got a friend. Will you come and sit on my roof?
A1. Yes. If you invite me.

Q2. What kind of cake is it?
A2. Special cake. You have to imagine your own favourite.

Q3. My Mum went to Weight Watchers to lose weight. Don't you think you should stop eating so much cake?
A3. I also eat fish cakes.

Q4. Do you talk?
A4. Only to those who listen.

Q5. Did your bum get sunburnt when you didn't fit under the umbrella?
A5. You can check the illustration in the book, My Hippopotamus is on Our Caravan Roof Getting Sunburnt

Q6. When they put on the seatbelts, there were three clicks and four people, Why?.
A6. Maybe two clicked at once? Three of anything always works better in a story. My seatbelt just clicks over my tummy.

Q7. What's the name of the baby? Is it a boy or a girl?
A7. What do you think? One reader thought it was called 'Just Right'.

Q8. I went to hospital in an ambulance. But there was no hippo on the roof of mine. Where were you?
A8. I was directing traffic. At the hospital, I was telling doctors what to do.

Q9. Do you draw pictures of yourself?
A9. No. Deborah Niland drew me. I have a special number of toes which are different from other hippos.

Q10. Why aren't you in the holiday photos?
A10. I'm shy. I don't always fit in.

Q11. Do you play soccer on the roof? I like soccer best
A11. I play football... It could be Aussie Rules, rugby union or league or gridiron. D'you think it looks like soccer? I play all positions. Even referee and umpire.

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Hazel Edwards reading "Look, There's a Hippopotamus in the Playground Eating Cake"

 

"Look, There's a Hippopotamus in the Playground Eating Cake" Hazel Edwards demonstrating storytelling with Yamba the Honey Ant on indigenous themed book program, Imparja TV, Alice Springs,Australia.

Kingston Library's Virtual Storytelling also has Hazel's readings of picture books: Can also be viewed on these book pages.  

The Flight of the Bumblebee

Plato the Platypus Plumber(part-time)

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Colour in the Hippo!

     

Click here to download the Hippopotamus Colouring In Sheet 

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Host your own Hippo Party!

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.

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Download a Special Hippo Poster for Your Room

Penguin Books designed a special poster to celebrate the Hippopotamus's thirtieth birthday.

You can download and print off your own copy here:Hippopotamus Poster

 

Chinese translations of all six picture books  Children's Publishing House of Sichuan Province

 

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Make your own Hippo Finger Puppets

   

Materials

The Materials you will need to make the Hippo Finger Puppets are:

  • Scraps of light grey 8 ply wool or acrylic. 
  • Small amount of pink embroidery thread and white wool for mouth. 
  • Small amount of black wool for nostrils.
  • Pair of 3mm (No.11 U.K.) knitting needles. 
  • Tapestry needle for sewing up.
  • Cotton balls or craft stuffing. 
  • Bobble eyes. 
  • Craft Glue.

Special Abbreviations

K = knit, P = purl, st(s) = stitch(es), inc = increase by knitting into front and back of stitch; stst = stocking stitch – one row knit, one row purl; tog = together.

Instructions

With grey, cast on 14 stitches, leaving an end about 30 cms to use for sewing up.

  • Row 1 and 2: K1, P1 to end.
  • Row 3: Knit. Row 4 Purl.
  • Rows 5 ‐ 12: Repeat rows 3 & 4
  • Row 13: K2, K2tog, (K1, K2tog) three times, K1. (10 sts)
  • Row 14: P1, (P2 tog) four times, P1. (6 sts)
  • Row 15: K1, inc in next 4 sts, K1. (10 sts)
  • Row 16: P1, inc in each st to last stitch, P1. (18 sts)
  • Row 17: Knit. Row 18: Purl
  • Row 19: (K4, inc in next 3 sts) twice, k4 (24 sts)
  • Row 20: P6, inc in next st, p10, inc in next st, p6. (26 sts)
  • Row 21: Knit
  • Row 22: (P6, p4tog) twice, p6. (20 sts)
  • Row 23: (K2 tog) to end. (10 sts)
  • Row 24: Purl
  • Row 25: K2tog,k to last 2 sts, k2tog. (8 sts)
  • Row 26: Purl. Row 27: Knit. Row 28: Purl.
  • Cut off wool, leaving about 15 cms and thread through the 8 sts loosely.

Finishing Off

  • With right side out, sew up the row ends leaving a small gap at the top of head.
  • Stuff head (with about a cotton ball – or more if necessary). 
  • Draw the 8sts tightly together and fasten off. 
  • Use this end of wool to close gap and draw wool through to top of head. 
  • Make ears by wrapping wool around needle 6 times and sew into head. 
  • Sew black wool into nostrils or use black fabric paint.
  • Glue on bobble eyes – or embroider for small children. 
  • Embroider mouth – or draw on using pink and white fabric paint.

Thank you to Sheena Geysen from Hopping Robin Soft Toys for the Hippo finger puppet design. 

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Build your own Antarctic Dad Ice Ship!

    

 

You can build your own iceship with these terrific plans designed by Kevin Burgemeestre. Click here to download the plans.

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