Hippo Has a Hat

Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

For ages 0 to 5

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This book is best for:
  • describing
  • labelling
  • rhyming
  • speech sound - /t/


All the animals go on a shopping spree and try on lots of different pieces of clothing. Hippo has a hat, a cat wears a cardigan, camel finds a coat, pig tries on some jeans, and more! You've never seen a fashion show like it.

Hippo Has a Hat is a silly rhyming book with short sentences. The colourful illustrations and rhythmic sentences engage young children in listening and joining in with the story as they label all the different animals and pieces of clothing. Children will love trying to guess which animal will come next by the glimpse you get on each page (e.g. a spotty tail, a striped leg, a pink feather).

For further speech and language targets in Hippo Has a Hat, see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Action Sequence

Story Plot: Repetitive Tale

  • animals
  • clothing

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /t/ - tiger, toad, tight, cat, coat, hat, goat
  • possessive nouns (e.g. hippo's hat, cat's cardigan, gorilla's slippers)
  • third person singular tense (e.g. camel finds a coat, everyone looks smart)
  • matching
  • labelling
  • describing
  • differences
  • similarities
  • predicting (which animal comes next)
Rhyme & Sound Awareness:
  • rhyme
Book Info

Published by Macmillan Children's Books in 2004 (ISBN: 9781405021920)

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