Karana: The Story of the Father Emu by Uncle Joe Kirk with Greer Casey and illustrated by Sandi Harrold is a beautiful Australian Indigenous story about a father emu and the love he has for his chicks. He patiently waits a month on the nest for his eggs to hatch and when they do, he teaches his young chicks all they need to know to survive in the Australian bush.
These are my chicks. I love them a lot...
I will stay with them, no matter what!
This is a touching story exploring the important role of fathers in guiding their children and teaching them important life lessons as they journey towards adulthood. The lovely rhyming language make this book a pleasure to read aloud. An ideal book for Dads to read aloud to their children and would make a lovely Father's Day gift too.
Sandi's illustrations are playful and the rich earthy tones beautifully depict the Australian bush and the animals that live there. The little chicks are adorable with their big eyes.
Uncle Joe Kirk is a Wakka Wakka elder who is passionate about sharing his stories with future generations and educating children about Australian Aboriginal culture. The emu plays a significant part in the Wakka Wakka culture and symbolises a father figure who nurtures the whole family.
Author: Uncle Joe Kirk with Greer Casey and Sandi Harrold
Illustrator: Sandi Harrold
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Publication Date: May 2014
After reading Karana we made own paper plate emu. This was a lovely quick craft which didn't need much preparation. After rummaging through our useful box and I found:
- a paper plate
- brown crepe paper
- black card
- a googley eye
We recently went to the National Zoo and Aquarium here in Canberra and we met a very friendly emu up close and personal. Isn't it a magnificent creature? I do love being able to match a picture book to our real life experiences.
Disclosure: I was given a review copy of this book by the publisher. My opinions, as always, are my own.