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Edward the Emu (edition 1998)

by Sheena Knowles, Rod Clement (Illustrator)

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Title:Edward the Emu
Authors:Sheena Knowles
Other authors:Rod Clement (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (1998), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:TED 255
Rating:****
Tags:Predictable, circular

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Edward the emu is bored with life in the zoo. It seems that the seals have much more fun than he does, and so Edward decides to sneak into the seals’ enclosure to swim and sunbathe. But Edward is startled when a zoo visitor states he much prefers the lions to any other zoo animal, and so Edward, thinking the lions must have it best, sneaks into the lions’ enclosure to roar and growl. Each day, Edward moves around the zoo to find the animal who seemingly has it better than the emu. However, one zoo visitor’s proclamation that the emus are his favorite makes Edward realize that he’s just fine with being an emu after all.

Readers will assuredly be entertained by the large, colorful illustrations of Edward tangled up with a snake, and the picture of an emu’s feet on top of a disgruntled lion’s head will make any reader giggle. Plus, the slight twist at the end will delight readers as well (and perhaps encourage them to read the sequel Edwina the Emu!). The story also provides a chance for adults to discuss with children about being comfortable with who they are, and this charming story of an emu who decides that he doesn’t want to be anyone else but himself is the perfect opportunity. Highly recommended. Grades pre-K to 2. ( )
  krmajor | Nov 15, 2014 |
I like the rhyming and rhythm of the story. I like the pictures too. ( )
  oreads | Nov 11, 2014 |
This is a great book for engaging the class as it contains rhyming words, teaches children to be happy by being themselves and can allows them to act out the fun scenes! As a future teacher I would use this book when we are exploring the different animals in a science lesson to tie it all in. Overall I would recommend this book to parents and other teachers to share with their little ones! ( )
  kimtk | Aug 30, 2014 |
This fun little book of rhymes follows an Emu at the zoo that is looking to find a little more action then what he is used to. Edward the Emu jumps from cage to cage and spends the day with the animal he hears is the best. So as the days go by Edward hops from the swimming seals to the lounging lions to the slithering snakes. When he final found his way back to his cage. But not alone! Now Edward the Emu is joined by Edwina. This was a catchy little read that had fun illustrations and offered a great view of the animals as they stretched from page to page. Great read for a K-2 class.
  Phil9 | Mar 12, 2014 |
Edward the Emu is about an emu at the zoo who is tired of being an emu and wants to be something different. He goes around the zoo pretending to be every animal until he learns to be happy as an emu.

I liked this book because of the theme it teaches children and I would use it to teach my students about being themselves.

The ages/grade levels I would use this book for is 4-8/kindergarten-3rd grade.
  awanalex | Dec 9, 2013 |
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"Edward the Emu" is a great book teaching students about individuality.
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Edward the Emu was sick of the zoo. There was no place to go. There was nothing to do, and compared to the seals who lived right next door, well being an emu was frankly a bore.
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Edward the emu was sick of the zoo,
There was nowhere to go, there was nothing to do,
And compared to the seals that lived right next door,
Well being an emu was frankly a bore.

Tired of his life as an emu, Edward decides to try being something else for a change. He tries swimming with the seals. He spends a day lounging with the lions. He even does a stint slithering with the snakes.

But Edward soon discovers that being an emu may be the best thing after all. And so he returns to his pen, only to find a big surprise awaiting him. . . .

Edward is tired of being an emu, so he decides to try being something else for a change. First he spends some time swimming with the seals. Next, he lounges with the lions. He even slithers with the snakes. But Edward soon discovers that being an emu may not be so bad after all. So he heads back to his pen, only to find a big surprise awaiting him . . .Sheena Knowles' upbeat, rhyming text and Rod Clement's deliciously droll illustrations are sure to make readers laugh out loud in this whimsical picture book by the creators of Edwina the Emu."If you buy one book...for sheer fun, there's no question it should be this one." San Diego Union Tribune

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