The Camel in the Sun

The Camel in the Sun

Book - 2013
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Inspired by the retelling of a traditional Muslim hadith, an account of the words or actions of the Prophet, which the author first heard in Sri Lanka, this is an unforgettable story about empathy.
Halim learns to care for his exhausted camel after encountering the Prophet in the city of Medina.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781554983810
Call Number: jPS ONDA
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Wolfsgruber, Linda - Illustrator


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forbesrachel Jan 16, 2014

Truly captures the nature of compassion. This beautiful retelling of a hadith leaves us with the feeling that everything deserves compassion. Even a camel is worthy of it, especially such an exhausted and hardworking one. Unfortunately the owner of this camel is oblivious to its misery, until one day the prophet appears, and helps him see his error.

The tale itself is not a translation, rather it is told in the authors own words. While these in themselves are powerful, it is the illustrations that have the most impact. Their subtle changes in colour not only capture the hues of the desert and its life, but the emotional thoughts of the camel as well.

Regardless of your own belief, this is a tale that transcends beyond those boundaries; compassion is a trait that humans in general need to learn, and this is an excellent story to learn it from.


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