The Great Emu Chase tells the story of a Grandfather's
hilarious adventure through an Australian wildlife park, as
he attempts to get his chippies back from a menacing,
flightless bird....THE EMU
"Told in rhyme, the story includes a fun refrain that is likely to be embraced quickly by young readers. "
The Great Emu Chase is a lively picture book that involves rhyme and repetition. It is a humorous story that takes children on an adventurous journey through an Australian Wildlife Park, as a Grandfather attempts to get his chippies back from a pilfering emu.
Many young children can relate to the experience of visiting an Australian Wildlife Park with their family and encountering the menacing antics of an emu. This story serves as a great basis for group discussion, as it will encourage children to share their own stories and exchange ideas about their own experiences with the greedy flightless bird.
Reading should be an enjoyable experience and that is why
The Great Emu Chase is such a great story for young children. The absurd situations will appeal to the young child’s developing sense of humour and the frequent refrain throughout the story,
"An Emu Stole Gar’s Chippies...." allows children to learn the lines quickly and encourages them to actively participate in the telling of the story.The more fun that children have whilst reading, or being read a story, the more memorable it will be for them. Consequently, the more memorable a story is for a child, the more he/she will want the book to be read to them.
The Great Emu Chase provides learning opportunities in several developmental / key learning areas including;
1. Creative Arts (art/craft, music/movement)
2. Environment and the Community
3. Language & Literacy
As an Early Childhood Worker, I support the theory that young children 0-5 years learn most effectively through play. I have mapped a few programming ideas and the activities that can be incorporated into a play based curriculum and can be adapted to suite varying ages of the children in your childcare centre / classroom.
For other activities for lower primary school children go to:
For an emu colouring page click here