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The camel's lament / by Charles Edward Carryl ; illustrated by Charles Santore.

Book Book (2004.)
Description: [26] p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Publisher: New York, NY : Random House, 2004.
4 of 4 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
0 current holds with 4 total copies.
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Everett - Parlin Memorial Children's Nonfiction j811/Carryl (Text to Phone) Available -
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Salem State ERA Education Resource Area Educ. Res. PS 1260 .C65 C36 2004 (Text to Phone) Available -
Swampscott Children's Room Picture Books jP Carryl (Text to Phone) Available -

  • ISBN: 0375814264 (trade)
  • ISBN: 0375914269 (lib. bdg.)
  • Edition: 1st ed.
Summary: A poem in which a camel compares his life with that of other animals of the world.
Authors: Santore, Charles, (ill.).
Citation: Carryl, Charles E. "The camel's lament." New York, NY : Random House, 2004.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2004 July #1
    /*Starred Review*/ K-Gr. 3. It's hard to believe that this pleasing poem, by a poet who wrote during the same time and in the same vein as Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, has not found its way into a picture-book version before now. It certainly has all the hallmarks of child-friendly verse: a clever idea, humor, and a sprightly rhyme. The words come right from the grumbling camel's mouth. Where canaries, parrots, and poodles have all sorts of tasty bits to eat, anything will do for the camel. As for resting places: "Cats, you're aware, can repose on a chair; chickens can roost upon rails. / Puppies are able to sleep in a stable and oysters can sleep in a pail." No one cares where or when the camel sleeps. Even the various animals' physiques come in for consideration, with the camel getting the short end of that stick, too. But it's really Santore's fabulous artwork that will catapult this into kids' eager hands. Although not anthropomorphized, the animals are wonderfully individualized in the illustrations, with such intelligent faces that they seem to have a spark of humanity. Richly colored and intensely detailed (one can almost see each curl on the sheep's wool), the close-up art, set against crisp white backgrounds, will be fun to look at by individuals or in groups. ((Reviewed July 2004)) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2004 October #3
    A camel's whiny yet comical complaint in this turn-of-the-century light verse serves as springboard for Santore's imaginative and droll illustrations. "Puppies are able to sleep in a stable,/ and oysters can slumber in pails./ But no one supposes/ a poor camel dozes-/ anyplace does for me!" Carryl writes in the same vein as contemporaries Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll, and though his poetry may not be as memorable, it unwinds with a lilting rhythm. Each stanza lists how, in the camel's opinion, other animals are better housed, fed and used, but the end of the poem contains neither a surprise nor a satisfying conclusion (his final beef: the other animals have better shapes, "But a camel's all lumpy/ and bumpy and humpy-/ any shape does for me!"). Santore's watercolors, on the other hand, combine naturalistic verisimilitude with anthropomorphous features, lending human character to the grousing camel and a plethora of other creatures. The artist renders the large-size animals-from the stunning scarlet macaw to the finicky poodles wearing pink napkins around their necks-with amusing details. The long-suffering dromedary himself is the most appealing here, whether eating scrub plants with an air of resignation, or staring Sphinx-like at readers with an enigmatic look in his eyes. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2004 October
    K-Gr 3-In rhythmic refrains, the homely desert denizen compares its lot in life with many other animals it believes are held in higher esteem. "Cats, you're aware,/can repose in a chair,/chickens can roost upon rails;/puppies are able to sleep in a stable,/and oysters/can slumber in pails./But no one supposes/a poor camel dozes-/anyplace does for me!" Carryl's 19th-century poem is enduringly silly, and the animal's self-deprecating lament is viewed with rather sardonic humor in Santore's full-page portraits that are at once elegant and comic. Facing pages featuring two quite different animals-parrots and poodles, kittens and pigs-provide strong images for read-aloud viewing. Their warmer tones contrast with the brown and gold double-page paintings of the ungainly camel in its desert terrain. The artist really has fun with this creature, painting it quite realistically and evoking fine humor in the expressiveness of its distinctive face and "lumpy/and bumpy and humpy" body. In a nighttime view, it rests in a moonlit Egyptian scene, and later it is struggling along carrying an entire nomad family and all of their worldly goods. "A camel comes handy/wherever it's sandy" and wherever a chuckle might do.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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