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.