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Last Straw
     

Last Straw

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by Fredrick Thury, Vlasta van Kampen (Illustrator)
 

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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

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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881063608
Publisher:
Charlesbridge
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
583,538
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Fredrick Thury served as Artistic Director of York University's Vanier College Productions for over twenty-five years. He was originally commissioned to write the story for THE LAST STRAW by the Toronto Children's Chorus, which performed the piece with musical accompaniment and subsequently recorded it for the CBC. Mr. Thury's works for children's theater include One Potato Too, The Technicolour Wizard, and Behind the Wrinkles.

Mr. Thury lived in Toronto. He passed away in 2006.

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Last Straw 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Mompro More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful story and the illustrations are wonderful. After finding this book at our local Christian Book store I adapted it into a Christmas Pageant at our church with 200 children in it. It was so fun adding Mannheim Steamroller Christmas music to this fun story. Recommended for many ages. Especially adults. hahaha I was fortunate enough to get a hardcover years ago. Cherish this book. Sure wish it would come out on film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a precious depiction of a wonderful story told from a new perspective. I adapted it into a Christmas pageant and it was wonderful. Hosmakaka is a name that parents and children will never forget. The illustrations were fantastic.