Muktar and the Camels

Title

Muktar and the Camels

Authors

Janet Graber

Illustrator

Scott Mack

Publisher

Henry Holt and Co

Publication Year

2009

ISBN

9780805078343

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Muktar lives in an orphanage on the border of Kenya and Somalia. He daydreams about his old life with his family and especially tending to camels. One day, visitors arrive bearing books, and Muktar's friend Ismail is excited; so is Muktar, but for a different reason—the visitors are riding on camels. Muktar quickly discovers that one of the animals is injured and realizes this is his chance to prove himself. If there is anything Muktar knows, it is camels. Through the eyes of an endearing protagonist whose love and respect for animals shines, this beautifully told story introduces young readers to another part of the world and way of life.

Grade Level

K-3; 3-5

Lexile Measure

AD670L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Family member death; Homelessness; death of a mother; death of a father; death of parents; loss; displaced; refugee

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

Black (Kenyan; Somalian)

Family Formation

orphan

Awards

Smithsonian Magazine's Notable Books for Children, 2009 Middle Reader

Keywords

camels; Somalia; Kenya; homesickness; orphanage; drought; nomad; dreams; books; friendship; librarian

Diversity Impact

direct

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