Emma Memma: How Are You?
32pp., hbk., RRP $A19.99
Emma Memma is back to delight young readers with a new book in which she introduces her friends, at the same time teaching those young readers how to use Auslan to sign “How are you?”
Emma Memma waves hello
Can you wave a hello too?
Smiling, she signs and asks
‘How are you?’
Behind the the curly red hair, pink shirt and orange dress is Emma Watkins, once known as the “yellow Wiggle” but also a woman passionate about raising awareness of Australia’s deaf community, who already has formal qualifications in Auslan and who is currently undertaking her PhD in “the affective, artistic integration of sign language, dance and film editing.” In consultation with artists who themselves are deaf, she is producing and releasing a range of formats that as well as the storybook will include, an ebook, audiobook and an Auslan video translation so that all young readers can be entertained through “movement, creativity, inclusiveness and friendship”.
Aimed at the early childhood audience, this is a perfect way to help them understand that kids who have different needs are just like them, like the same things they do, and are easily included if we are just prepared to make a bit of extra effort.