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Sunday 26 February 2023

Review: Hello, Emma Memma

Emma Memma is a character brought to life by children's entertainer Emma Watkins (who used to be Emma Wiggle).

Emma loves music and dance, and also sign language. As her own special creation, the character of Emma Memma is introduced to young children in Hello, Emma Memma.

In the book, Emma Memma explains her name (it's Emma, and Memma is her nickname), and takes readers on a journey, talking to them as they turn the pages. 

You'll follow a butterfly, discuss colours and cocoons, and see another butterfly seeming to emerge from one. But it's not a butterfly this time, it's Emma Memma herself, with butterflies in her hair. Hello!

The illustrations are by artist Kerrie Hess whose stylish pictures also help lead readers through the book. Light, beautiful water colour flora and fauna (gum blossoms and leaves), and lots of white space, make it feel like a walk through a spring garden. 

Future books are planned for exploring more of Emma Memma's world, and there's already an Emma Memma album to listen to. If your youngest kids love that, then they will also enjoy Hello, Emma Memma as a prompt for conversation and learning.

Visit Emma's website for information and activities, including craft and colouring.

Title: Hello, Emma Memma
Author: Emma Memma (Emma Watkins)
Illustrator: Kerrie Hess
Publisher: Puffin, $ 19.99
Publication Date: 28 February 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781761341045
For ages: 3-5
Type: Picture Book