Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Clever Camel

I always enjoy retellings of classic tales, but this story from the Middle East is a retelling of one I hadn't heard before. It's about a camel who wants his master to let him sleep in the tent on a cold night. As the title says, the camel is clever.

But what I like best about the book is the way it shows the environment and culture in a few, well-written pages.

I especially enjoyed the poetic description of the sunset.

"Even the stars trembled in the cold" is a perfect example of showing, instead of telling readers about the atmosphere and preparing us for the camel's motivation to get into the tent.

The author, Chitra Soundar, grew up in India, so she knows a lot about Middle Eastern cultures and environment.

And Eugene Ruble did a great job with the illustrations.

Kids will enjoy Clever Camel and learn from it as well.


penelope anne cole said...

HI Janet,
Another great review. Now I'm intrigued and interested in this story--always thought camels were smarter than they look! Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Penny (

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thanks, Penny.

Barbara Cairns said...

As always, a nice review, Janet. I love the way you pick out a certain quote that tells so much about the author's voice. Clever Camel sounds like an interesting story about the culture and also fun with the interactive camel. Congratulations to the author and also to Eugene who also happens to be the illustrator of my Gatsby books.

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thank you, Barbara.