"Award-winning author, Kenneth Oppel has written a clever and funny story for beginning readers about Emma and her emu. . . The story is delightful and will appeal to beginning and reluctant readers."
"[Kenneth] Oppel pens a zippy story full of surprising fun. It's aimed at a Grade 3-level reader and, while the language isn't complicated, it will be a bit of a challenge to some. [Kim] LaFave's line drawings add humour and are in keeping with Emma's free-spirited approach to life and emus."
- The Hamilton Spectator
"Kenneth Oppel has won numerous awards for his young-adult fantasy novels. With Emma's Emu he proves he has an equal talent for light-hearted comedy. Aimed at emerging readers just starting chapter books, Oppel's fast-paced prose will definitely whet their appetites for longer fiction.
Kim LaFave's hilarious black-ink sketches are a terrific match for Oppel's fine story. Highly recommended."
- Canadian Book Review Annual
From the Publisher
First Flight is an exciting new series of beginning readers. The series presents titles which include songs, poems, adventures, mysteries, and humor by established authors and illustrators. First Flight makes the introduction to reading fun and satisfying for the young reader.
First Flight is available in 4 levels to correspond to reading development.
Level 1 - Pre-school-Grade 1
Large type, repetition of simple concepts that are perfect for reading aloud, easy vocabulary and endearing characters in short simple stories for the earliest reader.
Level 2 - Grade 1-Grade 3
Longer sentences, higher level of vocabulary, repetition, and high-interest stories for the progressive reader.
Level 3 - Grade 2-Grade 4
Simple stories with more involved plots and a simple chapter format for the newly independent reader.
Level 4 - Grade 3-Up (First Flight Chapter Books)
More challenging level, minimal illustrations for the independant reader.