Emu Chicks

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
Reading Level Preschool
Category Beginning Readers
Subject Animals
Copyright 2022
Publisher Jump!
Imprint Tadpole Books
Language English
Number of Pages 16
Publication Date 2021-08-01
BISACS JNF003030, JNF003330, JNF003000
Dewey 598.5
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 6.5 x 9
Lexile 90
Guided Reading Level D
ATOS Reading Level 0.9
Features Index, Table of contents, and Teaching guides


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.