Edwina the Emu

by Sheena Knowles (Author) Rod Clement (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
TEN little emus?! You've got to be kidding!When Edward and Edwina Emu find themselves expecting ten little emus, Edwina tries her feathers at a variety of jobs to support the growing family, from chimney sweep to ballet dancer. Rhythmic, rhyming verse by Sheena Knowles and hilarious illustrations by Rod Clement make this an entertaining picture book that's perfect for reading aloud. This sequel to the popular Edward the Emu is an excellent choice to share in the classroom or at home--both adults and kids will laugh at and sympathize with the Emu family.

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PreS-Gr 1--Two emus who live in a zoo suddenly find themselves expecting 10 little emus. But this is the 90s, so Edwina tells Edward, "I'll look for a job, you stay on the nest." She tries her feathers at a host of positions, from ballet dancer to chimney sweep, but none are right for her. So she heads home to share the workload with Edward. Knowles tells this entertaining tale in a catchy rhyming text. Clement's amusing cartoons complement the story, capturing the silly mood. Edwina sports a short ponytail tied back in a bright purple band, while the human characters are really caricatures, with exaggerated features and outrageous expressions that are sure to elicit laughs. Youngsters will be happy to follow along as life takes on new challenges for the emus and their soon-to-be family. The cadence of the text make it a good choice for reading aloud, although beginning readers will have fun with the rhymes as well.--Dina Sherman, Brooklyn Children's Museum, NY
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
April 19, 1997

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