How the Camel Got Its Hump
Justine Fontes, Ron Fontes, Keiko Motoyama
Witty stories from around the world, and by the great writer Rudyard Kipling, "explain" how the camel got its hump. Fascinating facts about the camel round out this colorful book!
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the camel walk on shifting sands. HA-RUMP (camel attitude) Camels are hardworking, helpful animals. They can also be smelly, and sometimes they spit on or bite their handlers. Camels often groan when they are being loaded or unloaded, and they are famous for being grouchy. As Rudyard Kipling knew so well: If camels could talk, they would surely say, “Humph!”
Creator for broad feet for walking on shifting sands, long eyelashes for keeping out wind, and a hump or two for carrying food and water. The Creator granted all of this. But was the camel happy? No! Because all the other animals laughed at its funny-looking humps. The camel asked to have its homely humps removed, but this could not be done. “How can I go on with all the other animals looking down on me?” wailed the camel. “You shall look down on them!” thundered the Creator. From that
asked the genie for 50 bags of wealth and 50 years of health. Before he could make his third wish, Camel grunted, “I walked us here. I found the lamp. I want a wish!” “Very well,” said the genie. “What do you command?” Camel said, “I wish the water I carried was for myself.” Instantly, Camel had its hump! And the bandit had his 50 bags of wealth. But he didn’t pay taxes on it. So the bandit was sent to jail, where he was always thirsty, for 50 years. But a camel is never thirsty—unless
“Humph!” The animals begged the Djinn, or Genie, of All Deserts to do something about the lazy camel. “He won’t trot,” said Horse. “He won’t fetch,” said Dog. “He won’t plow,” said Ox. “He just says, ‘Humph!’ ” “I’ll humph him, if you’ll kindly wait a minute,” said the genie. “Alakazam!” To the camel the genie said, “Do you see that? That’s your very own ‘humph’ that you brought on your very own self by not working.” “How can I work with a hump on my back?” the camel humphed. The