With each turning page children learn of Humphrey’s hilarious schemes to replace his greatest treasure, from putting his big nose inside his master’s tent to show his “chattering” teeth, to squeezing his entire body inside the tent. These laugh-out-loud antics catch his master’s attention and even though he’s irritated, result in a brand new blanket for Humphrey, one that becomes his prized possession.
Yet, Humphrey still complains about the heavy chests he must carry, his “tired feet and rumbling belly” as they follow the star to the town of Bethlehem. There instead of the “great palace” Humphrey expected, he finds himself at a simple stable where the heavy chests are taken from his back. It’s there he admits, “…I have walked past many children, but never before have I felt the need to walk toward one.”
Children will delight in Carol’s illustrations of comical Humphrey, from the twinkle in his eyes, to his quirky mouth, large teeth and gorgeous long eye lashes. This is story they will beg to be read aloud again and again.
Carol’s heart-warming, lighthearted Christmas narrative combines with her breathtaking illustrations to make this a Christmas classic I would recommend for any age and faith.
Published by Ideals Children’s Books, a Guideposts Company: www.idealsbooks.com
‘Humphrey's First Christmas’ by Carol Heyer, Ideals Children’s Books, 2007, Hardcover, 32 Pages, Ages 4 and Up, ISBN-13: 978-0824955595, $14.99 www.carolheyer.com/humphreys-page.html
Front Flap Copy:
Now I kneel before this baby shivering in a manger.
I pull the treasure from my back and lay my gift carefully upon this child.
We’ve all heard the story of the three wise men that brought their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the baby Jesus. But what about the camels who carried them? Here is the story of Humphrey the camel and his long and cold journey to Bethlehem.
In addition to an engaging text and gorgeous, yet whimsical, artwork, this story reminds children of the importance of Christmas and the true meaning of gift giving.
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Gail Welborn, Seattle Christian Book Review ExaminerGail's articles and book reviews appear in a variety of national and local publications and on the Internet. She loves to read, and believes God teaches and instructs her in which way to go, according to Jeremiah 29:11. She and her husband live beside the Skagit River in Washington state.