Hattie Helps Out

Jane Godwin and Davina Bell, illustrated by Freya Blackwood
AUD $24.99

Hattie is the perfect helper. Or so she thinks! An endearing picture book that any child - and parent - will relate to.

It's a busy day at Hattie's house. There's a lot to do before Dad's birthday party.

Hattie is being very helpful, until it's time for her afternoon nap.

Hattie's not even sleepy! But Mama looks tired. Very tired...

A delightfully funny story about a little girl with big ideas, from a winning combination of creators.

Author bio:

DAVINA BELL is an award-winning writer from Western Australia. She's the author of picture books including Captain Starfish, Oh, Albert!, Hattie Helps Out and Under the Love Umbrella, which have been published around the world.

JANE GODWIN is the author of many award-winning stories for young people, including her bestselling picture books with Anna Walker, What Do You Wish For?, Starting School, Today We Have No Plans, All Through the Year and Little Cat and the Big Red Bus. Jane has also collaborated with Andrew Joyner on the delightful picture books How Big Is Too Small? and Bear Make Den.

The daughter of a painter and an architect, FREYA BLACKWOOD began drawing at a young age. She has collaborated with many wonderful authors, including Libby Gleeson, Margaret Wild, Jan Ormerod, Roddy Doyle and Nick Bland. Freya won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for Harry and Hopper, and her books have been honoured in the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards many times.

Category: Picture books
ISBN: 9781743435434
Awards: Winner Itabashi Translation Contest 2018 Japan; Longlisted CBCA Picture Book of the Year 2017 AU
Publisher: A&U Children's
Imprint: A & U Children
Pub Date: March 2016
Page Extent: 32
Format: Hard Cover
Age: 3 - 5
Subject: Picture books

Teachers Reviews

Every mother has been there. A toddler, a baby and it’s Dad’s birthday - there’s a party to be prepared, guests coming and the house looks like a toddler and a baby live there.

“You need to help out,” Mama told Hattie.

Firstly, it’s Hattie job to make the place cards for Granny Annie, Uncle Robbie, Great Aunt Susan and Big Cousin Sam. And Baby Lottie (who sleeps a lot). Mama suggests that Hattie have a sleep too but she says she’s too old for an afternoon nap so together they make the birthday cake. She agrees to a ‘rest’ while it cools down after it comes out of the oven but only if Mama lies down with her. You can guess the rest.

This is a charming gentle story about how Hattie helps her sleeping mama by sticking the biscuits together, putting the berries on the cake and arranging the flowers around the house. Her efforts might not be quite as Mama envisaged because she takes her mother’s words literally…

Freya Blackwood’s familiar illustrations in their calm and light palette bring the words alive and together this is a story that will delight over and over again. The love just shines off the page as childhood is celebrated in such a joyous way.

Apart from being just a great story to share, it’s also a great starter for lots of talk about family celebrations, how they are celebrated and the things that need to be done. There are personal recounts to make, lists to make and order to be discussed, relationships to be explored (particularly between Hattie and Great Aunt Susan), recipes to write and make, history to be recalled, practical things like setting the table to be practised – the list goes on. You could even start the children’s skills for developing an argument (if they need them) by debating whether Hattie was helpful and having them justify their position with evidence from the story.
Hattie Helps Out is funny, familiar and it will certainly be a favourite.
Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian, NSW