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There was a Hippopotamus in Ballarat Ice skating


Hazel Edwards, author of over 200 books for children and adults visited Ballarat on the coldest day of the year.

The children who heard her read her famous ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on our roof eating cake’ will certainly have fond memories of the day that it also snowed.  Hazel herself was disappointed that she didn’t bring her book ‘Antarctic Dad’ to share as it would have been very appropriate.

Hazel’s stories of how her Hippopotamus books were written, kept children at 4 different schools enthralled.  However, it was soon their turn when Hazel asked them to exercise their imagination muscle and ask her an imaginative question.

One Yuille Park Community College student asked :  How did the Hippo get on the roof?

When Hazel asked what he thought, after thinking it through, the boy discarded the obvious; a ladder, a balloon, jumping etc.   His imagination muscle came up with the answer:  ‘A jet pack’ he announced, much to the delight of the class and Hazel.  Hazel was so impressed, she awarded a copy of her book ‘Gang-o-kids’ to the student for his impressive use of imagination.

You can find out more about Hazel and her books including several e-books and free resources for classroom use on her website.

More photos of the day can be found here:






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