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Humpfree: The Humpless Camel is a book written by Julia Dweck and illustrated by Young-Min Yoon and I had the pleasure of reading it for this review! Both of my kids enjoyed this book. My daughter enjoyed that the story was about a camel (we are currently learning about Egypt!) and my son enjoyed all the "lump lumps" and pointed them out on each page. They loved reading the book several times over the past few days. The book even has lots of camel facts at the end! We read this book on my Android phone, but it can also be read on a Kindle or iPad or on a laptop/computer.
This story is a very heartwarming tale about a humpless camel who is in search of his lost humps. It's a story similar to Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, since Humpfree is slightly different from those around him, so he feels like he doesn't quite fit in. So he sets off on a quest to find his lost humps... He tries balloons, burlap sacks, boulders, even feathers! But none of these lumps are real humps and don't work out. Finally, when he begins to give up, a scientist discovers him and explains that Humpfree is a rare and valued breed and suddenly Humpfree does not feel so worthless anymore! He now understands that it's okay to be different and unique and his camel friends welcome him back.
I know that this is a story I will be reading my kids for years to come. They have really enjoyed all of Julia's books that we have read because they are written in rhyme and the story is easy to follow. It's so fun to read! And to top it off, this story was inspired by a real discovery of flat back camels in East Africa! So this is a perfect book to incorporate into a learning experience for young readers!
Humpfree: The Humpless Camel is available for pre-order on Amazon and will be released on October 5th!