I am a school teacher and over the years I have read this book to hundreds of children of primary age. They have all loved it. The story line is amusing and the illustrations are fantastic. It is good to use with younger children and get them to predict what the next part of the story is going to be. I was very pleased to see that this book is still in print as I have had over 10 years of fun out of it already.
Edward the Emu was tired of the Zoo and tired of being an emu. The book chronicles Edward's attempts at being something he is not - a seal, a lion, a snake etc. The illustrations are hilarious and the story captivates both old and young alike. This book is a perfect springboard in the classroom, and can be used as a prelude to a curriculum emphasis on positive self-image. So that all children realise that even though everyone is different, they are still a worthwhile and productive person, no matter what !
This is a delightful story about an emu who thinks being himself just isn't enough. In this book we spend several days with Edward as he tries to make himself more acceptable to others. He finally discovers that being himself is the best thing he can do. This book is a wonderful resource for teaching self-concept to young children, while at the same time offering an entertaining adventure for the older child. It is a must for all children's libraries.
Ich habe "Edward the Emu" eigentlich einer Zoo-begeisterten Freundin zu Weihnachten schenken wollen,doch nachdem ich das Buch erhalten und selbst durchgelesen habe, gab es für meine Freundin doch eine Flasche Wein! Zum Verschenken viel zu schade! Der Text ist auch für Menschen wie mich ("Kitschen-Inglisch") leicht zu verstehen, die Bilder sind fantastisch! Ein Buch, dass man auch als Erwachsener immer wieder gern zur Hand nimmt, und das Kindern unter Garantie ganz viel Spaß macht.
Edward the Emu learns a valuable lesson about being himself. The text rhymes, making the canter fun to read. The illustrations are wonderful and the children love Edward's adventures in finding out that he is perfect just the way he is. I read this to my grade one students every year. The second book to this title is Edwina the Emu, also lovely, but the original is without a doubt the best.