Item description for Humphrey's First Christmas by Carol Heyer...
Overview Humphrey the camel grumbles about losing his favorite blanket and having to carry a heavy load, until he meets a special newborn baby who fills him with love, joy, and generosity.
Publishers Description Presents an imaginative story of Humphrey the camel and his long, cold journey to Bethlehem. This story reminds readers of the importance of Christmas. It is suitable for ages 4-8.
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Studio: Ideals Children's Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.1" Width: 10" Height: 0.4" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2012
Publisher IDEALS PUBLICATIONS #355
Grade Level Multiple Grades
ISBN 0824955595 ISBN13 9780824955595
Availability 0 units.
More About Carol Heyer
Carol Heyer began her career in the movie industry but soon moved on to writing and illustrating books full-time. She credits her parents' unwavering support with allowing her to take "the road less traveled." To date, over one million of Carol's books have been sold, spanning a wide range of children's books, from retellings and fairy tales to fantasy titles. Her paintings add depth to her stories, and she has fans all over the country. Carol lives in Thousand Oaks, California.
Carol Heyer currently resides in Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, in the state of California. Carol Heyer was born in 1950.
Reviews - What do customers think about Humphrey's First Christmas?
A Sweet Christmas May 21, 2010
What an endearing children's book this one is! Both the short story and the captivating illustrations are so well done.
Humphrey, a personable and likeable camel, tells of his journey to Bethlehem where he is to deliver the "heavy" packages he carries to the new King (Jesus). Once there, Humphrey admits, "In this land, I have walked past many children, but never before have I felt the need to walk toward one. Now, I kneel before this baby shivering in a manger." In a surprising ending, Humphrey gives baby Jesus his most cherished possessions.
You don't have to be a child to enjoy this book with the amazing art work. Nor does it have to be the Christmas season to appreciate the beautiful story. It is sure to be a treasured book in any child's library. I can't help but to wish I could have read this book over and over to my own children when they were very young.
Humphrey's First Christmas Jan 9, 2010
The illustrations are beautiful! The way the story is expressed lacks imagination so sometimes I just improvised. The lesson is good, but the way it is told may be confusing to younger children. The reader must be willing to interpret a lot through dramatics, asking questions and talking about what the author is trying to say. More than usual! If you simply read it, it will be mediocre. Play off the fabulous artwork! Grandma/retired English teacher
Humphrey is cute. Dec 28, 2009
The story line and illustrations are nice. It was a little too long of a read for my 2 1/2 year old daughter, but I think she will enjoy it more next year.
Funny and heartwarming Nov 9, 2009
I bought this book for my daughter last Christmas because she also loves her blankie. The entire family enjoyed it so much. The illustrations are beautiful and hilarious at the same time and the story is perfect for kids from age 2-98. :) Humphrey starts his journey very selfish and complaining and ends it with a generous heart. Very sweet!
The hit of the book fair! Nov 5, 2009
Every year during the Scholastic Book Fair, the volunteer mothers and I find a book we all love, deeming it the Hit of the Book Fair! This year "Humphrey's First Christmas" is--hands down now--the Hit!
Look at that unlovely face on the cover--right in your face! You see, Humphrey is very upset because he lost his blanket, the one that keeps him warm during cold desert nights. His two companions still have theirs. If you know the way of camels, you know that they are not the most congenial of animals. Because the other two camels are warm and his master is cozy in his little tent, Humphrey is indignant! He pushes his way into the tent with his master, pushing his master out. Finally, at the next oasis, the master obtains and gives Humphrey a nice replacement blanket.
At each page of Humphrey's growing annoyance, Author/Artist Carol Heyer gives the camel increasingly sillier faces and poses. Humphrey's unattractive poses and laugh-aloud antics detract the reader from obvious clues on each page just what this story is about. There are three clues on the cover alone that indicate the nature of the story: the title, that bright star in the upper-right corner, and a camel wearing a half-bridle.
That replacement blanket becomes very important in this story: it becomes a symbol for the free nature of gifts from the heart. Heyer has created such an original approach to the traditional Christmas story that the reader actually forgets it is the season until the last three pages. However, a second, closer examination of visual clues on every page does, indeed, make this a wonderful Christmas story.
The book begins and ends with the same words, each in a unique and completely different context. In the first, the reader sees a close-up of one of Humphrey's beautiful eyes. It's a jolt! The last time the words are used will give you goose-bumps and a lump in the throat.
I'll say no more. This is a book that any believer in the Christmas story will love and want to share with both children and other adults. Highly recommended! In fact, during the Christmas season, put this book, paperback though it is, right on your coffee table and encourage your Christian guests to visit Humphrey. They'll be glad they did.