- Age Range: 4 and up
- Grade Level: Preschool and up
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Ideals Children's Books; Reprint edition (October 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0824956168
- ISBN-13: 978-0824956165
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.7 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 232 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I found this book while searching and I am so glad we did! This is such a sweet approach to the nativity story, told from the point of view of Humphrey. Humphrey is a young camel in one of the three wise men's caravan. He's young and lazy and quite the complainer but he has a good heart that comes out in the end. The illustrations are absolutely charming and the story is adorable. It isn't beat you over the head religious but tells the story of the birth of Jesus with humor and a sense of wonder and awe. My kids absolutely loved it!
This was the one book that the kids went to over and over even with multiple other choices available - my 5 year old wanted us to read it every night along with the new selection. We love a lazy, slightly chilly camel named Humphrey and look forward to reading this one every year. Next year it will be the first one we open so we can enjoy it over and over!
Of course, if you are looking for a thorough exegetical take, buy The Birth of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library). And, yes, for those wishing for timeline precision (at least in some timelines) this book elides birth and prophetic narratives. This is a fun little retelling of the story with just enough poignancy to make it appropriate for a reverent birth story.
My 3 year-old granddaughter engaged with this story. She played with her nativity play set as I read her the book. The toy camel is now called Humphrey.
We own a real-live camel named Desi. Humphrey in the book has a personality much like our Desi. Ms. Heyer really knows how to make a story book animal character seem alive in a way that even little listeners can understand.
Lovely and lively illustrations throughout. Sweet Christmas story that works out just like it should and offers a moral to youngsters.