Hundredth Name

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Salah and his camel, Qadiim, are daily companions: They work together, eat together, and sleep together. Salah is sad, however, because his camel always seems so downcast. But in middle of the night, he remember what his father had told him--that mankind knows only ninety-nine names for Allah, while there are actually one hundred. What if Qadiim could learn the hundredth name? Under the stars Salah prays, "to Allah with all his strength." The next day--a seeming miracle!--the camel carries his head high and has a...

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Overview

Salah and his camel, Qadiim, are daily companions: They work together, eat together, and sleep together. Salah is sad, however, because his camel always seems so downcast. But in middle of the night, he remember what his father had told him--that mankind knows only ninety-nine names for Allah, while there are actually one hundred. What if Qadiim could learn the hundredth name? Under the stars Salah prays, "to Allah with all his strength." The next day--a seeming miracle!--the camel carries his head high and has a most knowing look. This wonderful story, rich in the details of village life, is complimented by beautiful illustrations that portray the lush, verdant landscape of the banks of the Nile as well as luminous starlit nights.

Salah, a boy living in Egypt, wants to lift his camel's sadness, so he prays that the camel will learn Allah's hundredth name, which is unknown to man.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW noted the "lucid, gentle storytelling" in this spiritual tale of an Egyptian boy and his camel. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Young Salah lives along the Nile in Egypt with his family and his best friend, the camel Qadiim. All would be perfect if only Qadiim did not seem unhappy. Salah prays for a solution to bring pride to his camel, and the race of camels. Hays' illustration technique, in which subtle desert hues are painted over textured cloth, adds much to the feeling of the story.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Set in a Muslim village in Egypt, this tale of friendship and faith is warm and satisfying. Salah lives in a mud-brick house on the banks of the Nile. Contented with his own life, he feels sad because his beloved camel, Qadiim, always seems so solemn and unhappy. Father does not understand the boy's concern for an animal he thinks of as an ``...obstinate, stupid, ugly beast,'' but he comforts his son. He explains that mortals must learn to live knowing only 99 names for Allah, when it is the 100th name that is most important. That night, Salah thinks about his father's words, deciding that Qadiim should be told the 100th name. Outside, beneath the moon, he unrolls his father's prayer rug and makes his first prayer to Allah. In the morning, Qadiim stands tall and proud, wearing a look of ``infinite wisdom.'' Told with sincerity and dignity, this tale skillfully weaves together cultural and religious images. The plot is filled with details of everyday life, and many descriptive phrases are tied to the landscape. With their textures, patterns, and muted color scheme, Hays's handsome acrylic-on-linen illustrations create a strong sense of place. Smaller, more detailed insets sometimes accompany the larger paintings, and the visual story unrolls with the grace and serenity of Father's prayer rug.-Joy Fleishhacker, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563976940
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 876,774
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.01 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Shulamath Levey Oppenheim is the author of I Love You, Bunny Rabbit, illustrated by Cyd Moore (Boyds Mills Press, 1995), and Iblis, illustrated by Ed Young (Little Brown, 1994). She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Michael Hays has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger (Macmillan, 1994), and The Boy Who Loved Morning by Shannon K. Jacobs (Little, Brown, 1993). He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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