In old and charming Emu Town…an emu wins the emu-flap game every year. But when she loses her winning streak, she mopes around, saying “Nope!” to all games. Follow her journey as she finds inspiration to say “Yes” and win emu-flap again.
With colorful illustrations and playful rhymes, Nope-Nope Emu proves that failure can be hard but getting back in there and trying again has its own rewards. It is the first in the picture book series, Emu Town Stories.
Targeted Age Group:: Children 4-8
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I came across studies by Angela Duckworth, where she found that perseverance can be more important than IQ for measuring school success. This was an interesting and relevant finding, something that can shape children's future success. I decided to base Nope-Nope Emu to celebrate the power of persistence. The title however came from a different source! My son and I often play. a card game that has a “Nope” card to negate another player's move. My son loves collecting these “Nope” cards and each time, he says “Nope, nope!”, he laughs incessantly. I thought of weaving this into my concept of perseverance. How about an emu who says “Nope!"?
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