Amal the Thirsty Gamal: A Christmas Tale
by Robert Schorr
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book; Content Rating: G.
Publisher: Mascot; Release date: July, 2021
Tour dates: July 6 to July 26, 2021
The charming tale told in Amal the Thirsty Gamal is for every young person who might be anxious about how they are viewed by those around them (and yes, camels care about that too!). For so long, our little hero has been hearing taunts and jeers and thinking negative things about himself, his looks, and especially his little hump. But—oh, brace yourselves! — because Wise Men are traveling with Amal’s special caravan, and when one of them speaks up around the campfire one night, everything changes for little Amal!
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REVIEW By LAWonder10:
This is a very unique, fun Christmas Tale!
It centers n a poor camel rejected by and made fun if by peers and others because of a abnormality.
Just as Santa had Rudolf, Amal finds himself in a similar situation.
This s a diverse "twist" to the Christmas Story.
The one thing I feel was lacking is a rythym to the tale and jutted between rhyme and prose. I feel it woud have been more effective simply written in regular story form.
The illustrations By Christina Koontz were done very well. They are brightly colorful and appealingly comical, at times.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review.
Robert Schorr’s Amal the Thirsty Gamal: a Christmas Tale Mascot Books 30 pages ISBN 978-1-64543-869-4 Retail Price: 16.95 US/20.95 CAN Available at mascotbooks.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
The Saddest, Loneliest, Most Pitiful Creature
I have always loved the stories of outcasts and underdogs. I love the sea’s “Old Man” and the “Enemy of the People” and Jean Valjean and let’s not forget that love crazed Calaf, bounding up the palace steps to bang the gong on Turandot’s porch while all the world is screaming not to do it!
Isn’t it magnificent? Don’t you love things like that?
But I must confess that I wasn’t expecting my little children’s book hero to be topping the list of outcasts and underdogs. My thirsty camel just might be the ultimate example!
I know that sounds a little overblown, but bear with me a few moments and think this through with me: I’m pretty sure you will agree...
First, we have camels at large. They themselves are terribly lowly and humble things as far as the animal kingdom is concerned. Yes, I’m talking about the entire species. Are they not belittled by all the rest? I mean, think about it: a hump? Lions have manes, and tigers have a “rooooaaaaar” and eagles have wings and elephants have hoses; kangaroos have pouches and turtles have houses, and even the firefly has a charming lamp to light his path in the dark of night. But let a camel walk by and every animal in the kingdom is bound to smirk and shake its head at the sight! As in:
“Dude! What’s with the hump?”
And the poor camel, of course, is completely at a loss. “Uh...I don’t know.” “Well...what’s it for...is there a point somewhere?”
He doesn’t know! He can’t explain it! It was there when he got here! And so, whenever the rest of the animals come by, that “hump” is a source of embarrassment for every single camel. And that’s why they have such stern, anxious looks on their faces—didn’t you know?
But wait, we’re not done yet. Amid this sad, humble, belittled group—very much like another breed of creatures I know—there is belittling and shaming going on (are you ready for this?) among themselves!
Oh, yes! You see, right there in the camel family, we have Bactrians with two humps, and do they ever sneer at the camels with one! “Dromedaries”, those are called, and they walk around with their heads hanging down, ashamed to admit that they’re missing a hump. But at least they have one, that’s something anyway. And if they could only find someone more “flawed” than themselves, if only there was someone a little lower on the ladder! Someone they could look down on for once...and make fun of for once...well, wouldn’t that be a relief?
And so...behold! Enter: Amal! Our sad little Gamal, who hardly has any hump at all, which means he is thirsty most of the time, and out in the desert that’s not a good sign...
Amal is made fun of by the Dromedaries, who have all been belittled by the Bactrians, who in turn have been teased by the lions and the eagles and all the other privileged ones in the animal kingdom! And so, let me ask you: does it get any lower than Amal the Gamal?
I rest my case! We can safely assume that Amal the Gamal is the saddest, loneliest, most pitiful creature in the entire animal kingdom.
This is even more reason why your friendship means so much to him! Have I thanked you for that lately?
Meet the Author:
Robert Schorr resides in San Clemente, California, with his wife Sharilyn and their family nearby. For 26 years, he served as Senior Pastor at Calvary Chapel Old Towne in Orange, California. Prior to that, they lived in Asia for 17 years. He is devoted to his Savior, to Sharilyn, his children, flying, hiking, fly-fishing, Chinese, and writing. He loves any story that makes someone special, and he knew, a long time ago, that little Amal had one to tell.
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