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The Last Straw Paperback – July 1, 1999
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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We used this book as the basis for our church's family Christmas Eve service. The children participated in a recreation of the Christmas stories in Matthew and Luke, and then settled in for a reading of this great book. During the story, we had two people in a camel costume come through the aisles, as "presents" were loaded onto baskets on the "camel's" back. It was a great success, and helped bring alive the oft-repeated Bible stories.
Thury has a great skill of weaving in enough adult humor to keep the attention of even the most holiday-weary parent (this camel complains of his joints, gout and sciatica, which all parents and granparents can relate to after weeks of holiday shopping, eating and "assembly-required" efforts). My seven year old has requested it again and again. Original, enchanting and a great twist on both the Christmas story and "the straw that broke the camel's back." Or did it? The pictures are outstanding.
While only a thirty-two page book, the illustrations and story are miraculous in every aspect. The notion of something being "the last straw that broke the camel's back" is taken both figuratively and literally in this story. I absolutely recommend this alternative nativity story to anyone willing to experience an unconventional perspective not usually portrayed around Christmastime. With a beautiful ending, the audience is sure to grasp the meaning of Christmas while learning a lifelong virtue readers are sure to see. Happy reading!
Together we wonder... will the old camel make it to the manger? Will the camel accept the little boys gift at the end of the journey?
It should be on every child's bookshelf at Christmastime. It is the spirit of the season.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're looking for a light-hearted book about the gifts of the Wise Men. This is the one for you! I have read it to several Sunday school classes and they were enthralled. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Wonderful story! We have bought a copy for both sets of grandchildren & they all love it. Perfect for the Christmas season.Published 7 months ago by Duderoe
Darling story! Get ready to really show off your storytelling skills.Published 7 months ago by Nadine P.
A great public read for all ages for the Epiphany Sunday. My congregation LOVED it. I will be ordering more as gifts.Published 7 months ago by A Cheap Read
This was a great idea to accompany the wonderful book. Kid's love this and having a visual to go along with the story is always a plus.Published 12 months ago by Ellen