Griffin Ondaatje The Camel in the Sun

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Inspired by a retelling of a traditional Muslim hadith, or account of the words or actions of the Prophet, which the author first heard in Sri Lanka, this is the story of a camel whose cruel owner only realizes what suffering he has caused when the Prophet appears and shows love to the animal.

The camel has worked its entire life for a man called Halim, carrying bundles of spices, dates, incense, silver and wool on long journeys across the desert east of the Red Sea. It often has to climb steep dunes, run when it is exhausted, and wait in the hot sun while Halim sits in the shade talking to the other merchants. One day the camel is overwhelmed by sadness and finds itself in tears. But still Halim shows no sympathy.

When they arrive in the beautiful garden-filled city of Medina, where the Prophet lives, the merchant refreshes himself with food and drink and then naps on a pillow of sand, once again leaving the tired camel to stand alone in the burning sun. But when the Prophet sees the camel’s plight, everything changes. Halim finally empathizes with the camel’s pain and suffering.

The Camel in the Sun was inspired by a Muslim story told to the author when he was in Sri Lanka. That story was a retelling of a hadith, and this book was respectfully inspired by both the retelling and a translation of the hadith itself. It is an unforgettable story about empathizing with another. It is beautifully, respectfully and sensitively illustrated by Linda Wolfsgruber, whose images and earthy palette reflect her time spent in the Middle East.

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Griffin Ondaatje is a writer and documentary filmmaker. He edited The Monkey King and Other Stories, a collection of South Asian tales. He directed Complete Unknown, a documentary feature film on Bob Dylan, and worked as a producer for CBC's Documentary Unit. His next book is a children’s novel entitled The Mosquito Brothers. He has three children and lives in Toronto with his family.

Linda Wolfsgruber is a world-renowned artist who has exhibited her work throughout Europe and in the United States and Japan. She has won many awards, including the Austrian Children’s and Juvenile Book Award for Illustration (four times) and the Golden Apple of the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava, and she has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her striking illustrations appear in many books, including Inanna: From the Myths of Ancient Sumer, Stories from the Life of Jesus, Brunhilda and the Ring and A daisy is a daisy is a daisy. She lives in Vienna.

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K-Gr 3—In stark descriptive language, Ondaatje eloquently retells a traditional Muslim hadith, chronicling the words and actions of Muhammad. For years, an uncomplaining camel carries loads of spices, dates, silver, and wool across the desert for the merchant Halim. The stoic beast endures unrelenting journeys, climbing steep dunes, wading through endless oceans of sand, and standing for hours under the hot sun. Oblivious to its plight and offering no sympathy, the merchant rides "on the camel's back as if he were floating over the desert on a bundle of valuable goods." The animal is weighed down by despair. It is certain that nothing will ever change until a fateful encounter in the city of Medina, the home of the Prophet. In one of the city's many gardens, Muhammad comes across the camel standing in the sun while its master naps comfortably in the shade. He immediately offers the sad creature a shoulder to cry on and reprimands the insensitive merchant, who at last sees their journey through the camel's eyes and tries to alleviate its suffering. Wolfsgruber's atmospheric monoprint illustrations deftly evoke the ancient desert society in which the camel and its master exist. The blazing heat is almost palpable in her arid desert landscapes executed in an appropriately dusty golden palette. For a cultural storyhour, pair this tale of compassion with Anita Ganeri's The Great Night Journey and Other Stories (QEB, 2007).—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA

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