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A charming morality tale that reminds us to be humble about our successes.
Way back, before once-upon-a-time time, there was the Dreamtime, and during this period lived a very confident emu called Dinewah. He was tall, fast and colourful. Most animals thought he was a show-off, but he was too busy talking about himself to take any notice…
Dinewah was determined to run and fly the furthest and the fastest. He even tried to fly to the Sun, but he never made it.
Today, he is still up there in Father Sky. If you look carefully on dark nights, when the Moon isn’t very bright, you can see the Awesome Emu. Many people know him as the Milky Way. We still know it as Djiraboo Dinewah ― Awesome Emu.
This is the fourth book in Gregg Dreise’s award-winning children’s picture book series that includes Silly Birds and Kookoo Kookaburra. Filled with his well-loved colourful paintings and told with heart and humour, Awesome Emu will be a family favourite.
I’m a kindergarten teacher and my class was interested in learning about everything space related so I bought this book to embed an indigenous perspective into our learning. The illustrations are beautiful and the story relatable to the children. We are also using the pictures as provocations for the children’s painting of the night sky, sun, Milky Way etc.