Karana: The story of the father emu written by Uncle Joe Kirk, with Greer Casey & Illustrated by Sandi Harrold
Published by Scholastic Australia
Karana makes a beautiful nest, then begins a dance to catch the eye of a lovely lady with very long legs, who sits on his next and lays sixteen eggs.
Karana takes up camp upon the nest and for 32 two days he doesn't rest.
The chicks hatch and Karana teaches them how to keep predators away, they visit the water hole in the middle of the day.
Then he teaches them to gobble up stones, whatever for you ask, well, the stones help the chicks to mulch up their food.
Karana guides his chicks through each new day and they grow and begin to find their own way.
Eventually the chicks leave to roam the countryside and Karana once again, makes a nest, and grooms his feathers to look his best.
As you can imagine, just by my review, you can’t help but get swept up in the simple but delightful rhyme of Karana’s story. Each illustration is a delicate oil painting of its own, and we can’t help but fall in love with the ever diligent Karana, as we learn the story of the father emu.
In the closing pages we learn about the Author Uncle Joe Kirk, a Wakka Wakka elder who speaks of how the Emu plays a significant part, as he symbolises the father figure who nurtures the whole family.
I believe this will make a wonderful addition to any school classroom or library, as we celebrate the traditions and stories of the first people to occupy this beautiful country we call Australia.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Uncle Joe Kirk, with Greer Casey
Illustrator: Sandi Harrold
Title: Karana: The story of the father emu
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: May 2014