Middle Grade THE EMPEROR'S OSTRICH is a humorous, fantasy adventure about a milkmaid looking for her lost cow, but finding friends instead, and a spoiled emperor who learns what it means to govern. And an ostrich. Who finds a cow. Julie Berry masterfully weaves together a plot that is entertaining, unpredictable and completely satisfying. Young readers will revel in laugh-out-loud twists, unconventional language use, and endearing characters. This book is a great classroom read for 4th and 5th graders, with themes such as loyalty, perseverance and greed to discuss.