From the Series Outback Babies
In Emu Chicks, emergent readers learn what baby emu birds look like and how they live and grow up in the Outback. Carefully crafted text, high-frequency words, repetitive sentence patterns, and strong visual references support emergent readers.Emu Chicks includes tools for caregivers as well as introductory nonfiction features such as labels, a table of contents, words to know, an index, and a Let’s Review image and question. Emu Chicks is part of Jump!’s Outback Babies series.
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 1|
|Category||Beginning Readers, New!|
|Number of Pages||16|
Emu Chicks - Reviewed by Booklist
Australia’s wispy-feathered emu stars in this offering from the Outback Babies series (6 titles). U.S. children may be unfamiliar with this ostrichlike bird, but here they’ll follow a group of chicks that hatch from dark green eggs and eventually grow up and lose their baby stripes. Cute photos fill single- and double-page spreads, showing off the chicks’ features and other “Words to Know” (e.g., egg, dad), identified at the book’s start. Each spread contains one to two short sentences printed in a large font and set within a blue box; colorful dots label elements int he illustrations. Repetition and formulaic sentences particularly support emerging readers, as do the strong correlations between the words and images. A table of contents and mini-index offer a taste of standard nonfiction text features as well.