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Edward the Emu (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Edward the Emu (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Sheena Knowles, Rod Clement (Illustrator)

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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.


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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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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Turtleback Books
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9.30(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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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Edward the Emu 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
tchrreader More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.