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The Last Straw
By Vlasta Van Kampen (illustrator) and Fredrick H. Thury
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Talewinds
Publication date August 1, 1999
Binding School and Library
Book category Easy Fiction
ISBN-13 9780881061529
ISBN-10 0881061522
Dimensions 0.35 by 8.75 by 11.50 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $15.95
Other format details juvenile
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Summary
A prideful camel named Hoshmakaka learns the value of humility as he bears more and more gifts to the baby Jesus at Bethlehem.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Christmas from a camel's-eye-view.

Everyone has heard the Christmas story before, but The Last Straw is a unique and unforgettable new telling. Voices roll across the desert sands to Hoshmakaka, a curmudgeonly old camel, whispering that he has been chosen for the great responsibility of carrying gifts to the new baby king. With reluctance, Hoshmakaka accepts his task. Every day in the heat crossing the desert, his pack grows ever more burdensome as the crowds of people, anxious to welcome the new king, give him their gifts to carry. He is as strong as ten horses as he proudly tells the younger camels. But, oh, his gout! Oh, his sciatica! Nevertheless, Hoshmakaka plods on until he reaches Bethlehem. In the end he realizes the great honor of his task and never again is there a burden too heavy for him to carry.

Vlasta van Kampen's gorgeous illustrations of the hot desert sands and the cool, star-filled night sky transport readers on the journey to Bethlehem to see the new baby king. The beautifully detailed illustrations of the loveable Hoshmakaka masterfully change as his pack of gifts grows impossibly huge.

The endearing Hoshmakaka is also available as a plush toy to be a companion at storytime. Nine inches tall and adorned with his precious pack of gifts, Hoshmakaka will be a great reminder of the rewards of giving all year long!

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9780881061529 | details & prices | 8.75 × 11.50 × 0.35 in. | Rec. grade levels 1-2 | 1.05 lbs | List price $15.95
About: A prideful camel named Hoshmakaka learns the value of humility as he bears more and more gifts to the baby Jesus at Bethlehem

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