Author(s): Hazel Edwards; Deborah Niland (Illustrator)
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 little girl from There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cakeis starting her first day of school!She takes her hippopotamus with her and together they face those first-day-at-school experiences - meeting your teacher, eating, lunch in the playground and making new friends. This is a wonderful read-aloud book full of fun and reassurance for young people starting school.
Best known for There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake, Hazel Edwards writes across media, for adults children. Not Just a Piece of Cake : Being an Author (published by Brolga) is her 2015 memoir. In 2013, she was awarded an OAM for Literature. As a national literary ambassador, Hazel supports various reading organisations. She mentors 'Hazelnuts' and is a director on the Australian Society of Authors' board and is the recipient of the 2009 ASA Medal awarded by her writing peers. She has been nominated three times for The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award www.alma.se . This is the world's largest prize for children's and young adult literature. Based on her Writing a Non Boring Family History, Hazel runs workshops for genealogists. Her junior history books include Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop, Professor Fred Hollows and Edith Cowan; A Quiet Woman of Note in the Aussie Heroes series. Apart from going on an Antarctic expedition in 2001, she has co-written adventure memoirs including 'Trail Magic; Going Walkabout for 2184 Miles on the Appalachian Trail' with her son Trevelyan Quest Edwards, originator of the hippo concept. 'Difficult Personalities' with Dr Helen Mc Grath has been translated into Polish, Korean and Russian. 'f2m:the boy within', a YA novel, co-written with Ryan Kennedy tackles comi