Emu by Claire Saxby has been shortlisted for the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books (2015 : CBCA Awards).

Emu is a nature storybook and a great way for children to learn about this fascinating Australian bird. In Emu’s world, it is the male’s job to raise the emu chicks. Emu fathers are the primary parents, while the mothers leave after laying the eggs. The narrative follows Emu as he cares for a brood of eggs, keeps them safe and eventually raises his young. Children will learn about potential predators and the importance of camouflage.


Emu has a visually striking cover and is beautifully illustrated throughout by Graham Byrne. This amazing picture book, full of interesting emu facts, is suitable for children aged 5 – 8 years.

Some fascinating emu facts:

  • The emu is the largest bird inhabiting the Australian continent.
  • The emu can sprint at 40 to 50 km per hour.
  • Emus are strong swimmers.
  • The emu and the kangaroo are the only two Australian animals that can’t move backwards.
  • An emu egg can weigh about the same as twelve chicken eggs.

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