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The Flying Emu and Other Australian Stories Hardcover – September 7, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1st American ed edition (September 7, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679847057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679847052
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,770,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-Morgan offers 20 original "myths" based on her childhood family storytelling sessions. The collection is full of wonder and fun, with only an occasional moral slipped in. A vain emu, a nervous wombat, the ever-mocking kookaburra, muscular kangaroos, and the occasional dingo, platypus, and numbat all create a milieu unique to this evolutionarily isolated continent. Babies, children, and a wise old Granny provide human counterpoints to the anthropomorphized animals and to the various giants and spirits with varying demeanors. The stories are radiant with magical wit and visceral with crocodile farts. Brilliant full-page paintings throughout evoke a mood one might call bold primitive. The book is dedicated to "all the naughty children in the world." They'll certainly take these stories to heart.
John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Dedicated by the aboriginal author to ``all the naughty children in the world,'' 20 lively original stories replete with the mythic stuff of wonder tales--magic, transformation, resurrection, eating alive, disgorging, and other comically earthy workings of the digestive tract--all recounted in an engaging colloquial style. Animals and humans demonstrate such classic foibles as greed, vanity, cruelty, or laziness, balanced by forgiveness, courage, kindness, or love. There are creation tales, fables, pourquoi and trickster tales; talking animals, giants, monsters, and spirits. Resonances are many--with African and Native American myths, Aesop, E. Nesbit's plans-gone-awry, Roald Dahl's irreverence. In the splendidly decorative art-- powerful in design and satirically funny in detail--humans are brown-skinned, but the stylized animals come in a vibrant spectrum of imaginative hues. The author explains that some of the stories were created, and told, in her own family; her enthusiasm for them shines from every page. Follow this with Ted Hughes's equally humorous, more philosophical Tales of the Early World (1991). Glossary. (Folklore. 5-12) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Interesting aboriginal animal stories for children about Australian wildlife.
I expected more description and found the stories not inspiring or exciting.
The drawings are OK.
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