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Julia Mulligan


Dependable, Preschool, Primary, Claire Saxby, Graham Byrne, Emus, Birds, Wildlife, Australia, Nonfiction, Picture Book

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Book Review


In an Australian eucalyptus forest, a male emu must hatch and protect his clutch of eggs completely on his own. From the moment the last egg is laid and the mother emu disappears from her family’s life, this gigantic flightless bird devotes himself entirely to their survival. He rarely eats or drinks in order to protect his eggs from hungry predators, and once they hatch he must closely supervise his foraging chicks for six months in order to guard them from goannas, dingoes, and eagles. Alongside the story of the emu family are relevant facts about emu biology and behavior.