Edward the Emu

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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...

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Overview

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

Author Biography: Sheena Knowles was born in Geelong, Australia, and has enjoyed a long career in advertising, during which she has won awards in the U.S., Australia, Europe, and the United Kingdom. She is also the author of Edwina the Emu, illustrated by Rod Clement. She lives in Victoria, Australia, with her two children.

Rod Clement works as an illustrator, caricaturist, and cartoonist for several Australian newspapers. He is the illustrator of Edwina the Emu, bySheena Knowles, and has written and illustrated many books for young readers, including Counting on Frank, Just Another Ordinary Day, and Grandpa's Teeth. Mr. Clement lives in Sydney, Australia.

Tired of being an emu, Edward decides to try being like other animals at the zoo, but he soon discovers that being himself is the best after all.

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Editorial Reviews

San Diego Union-Tribune
If you buy one children's book for sheer fun, there's no question it should be this one.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Being an emu in the zoo is "frankly a bore," so Edward tries being a seal, a lion and a snake. When he returns home, he finds another emu, and his boredom is ended. Ages 3-6. (May)
Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
Edward thinks that emus are boring. So Edward tries life as a seal, until he overhears a visitor at the zoo extolling the virtues of lions. The next day Edward moves on to the lions, until someone praises the snakes. Edward finally realizes that emus are quite special when a visitor (you guessed it) says that his breed is the "best thing at the zoo." A surprise is waiting for him at his den. Both children and adults will enjoy Edward's adventures, which are relayed in verse. The book presents a new spin on the old adage, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." The rhythm of this story keeps it going strong until the satisfying outcome is reached.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606112888
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/1992
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author

Sheena Knowles was born in Geelong, Australia, and has enjoyed a long career in advertising, during which she has won awards in the U.S., Australia, Europe, and the United Kingdom. She is also the author of Edwina the Emu, illustrated by Rod Clement. She lives in Victoria, Australia, with her two children.

Rod Clement works as an illustrator, caricaturist, and cartoonist for several Australian newspapers. He is the illustrator of Edwina the Emu, by Sheena Knowles, and has written and illustrated many books for young readers, including Counting on Frank, Just Another Ordinary Day, and Grandpa's Teeth. Mr. Clement lives in Sydney, Australia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Funny and original

    I read this book in another teachers classroom and I had to add it to my collection. It may be similar to other stories but I like the originality of using an Emu and my kids like the story and the pictures.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

    What a cute story-

    You will love this book as well as "Edwina the Emu". What a fun and funny story. I have read this to my kindergarten class as well as my own children. This book is captivating and fun. The sing song words will get everyone reading along and you will find the illustrations exciting and cute. The story is of Edward trying to determine what kind of animal he would like to be in the zoo because nobody visits the emu cage. This is one of the cutest stories I own and you will enjoy this book too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2006

    A Must READ for K-2!

    An adorable book for building self esteem. Full of wonderful language that will tickle the ear. Appeals to boys. Don't forget to follow up with Edwina.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2002

    A Delightful Book from Australia

    As a Kindergarten teacher, I brought this book back from Australia a couple of years ago. My students LOVED it. And now, my grandchildren can't get enough of it. Its a perfect storybook with beautiful illustrations. I'm ordering spare copies for gifts.

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