Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jamals Journey by Michael Foreman –OPTIONAL

Foreman, Michael Jamals Journey.  PICTURE BOOK.  20 pgs. Anderson Press, 2017.  $17.99.  Content: G.
This book is about a little desert camel who becomes separated from his family, a Bedouin camel group. He meets some fellow desert animals and finally a hawk guides him home. Features large bright pages with an adorable camel.
This felt more pre-k to me than elementary due to the perspective of the baby camel. It offers a small window into a desert habitat but very small, just a few mentions of animals. The same goes for the Bedouin culture, mostly we just see the grouping and their journey from desert to city. Essentially it’s a very basic lost and found baby animal story featuring a culture children might not be familiar with. It wasn’t my favorite, I think with a bit more expansion into habitat, culture or both, it would have stronger cultural or science value, which is a better choice for a school library.

PRE-K – OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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