Foreman, Michael. Jamal’s Journey. Anderson Press, 2017. Unpaged. ISBN 9781512439496. Ages 4-9. P7Q7
Jamal is a little camel, who has to walk, walk, walk everywhere. He envies his mama and baba who have long legs, and the falcons who get carried everywhere unless they are flying. It’s hard for a little camel to keep up. Then a dust storm comes, and Jamal gets separated from his family. He’s afraid and tries to find help from the desert animals. Finally, a falcon comes and leads him toward the great city where he finds his family again. Jamal gains some confidence through this experience, and realizes that the world is more than just sand. I enjoyed the soft, warm illustrations, especially the ones that contrast the desert, the big city, and the marketplace. I especially enjoyed this book because it made me think about my time in Saudi Arabia and the many dust storms I experienced there.
VERDICT: This is a pleasant story with a nice ending. It will work well as a read aloud, and could be used when talking about other areas of the world or about country vs. city life.
February 2018 review by Carol Schramm.