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Softcover book and stuffed animal set, celebrating the story of Hoshmakaka, a prideful camel who learns the value of humility as he bears more and more gifts to the baby Jesus at Bethlehem. The stuffed Hoshmakaka is 9" tall, and a wonderful addition to any family nativity set. Review from School Library Journal: K-Grade 3- Hoshmakaka, an old, foolish, and proud camel, is chosen to carry the wise men's gifts to the baby Jesus. Reluctantly, he agrees and boasts to the younger camels that he has the strength of 10 horses. As he embarks on his journey, people along the way ask him to take their gifts. Goaded by the younger camels, he keeps adding to his load. A small child asks him to carry one last gift, a piece of straw for the baby's bed, and Hoshmakaka is brought to his knees by the weight. Jesus reaches out and touches him and "From that time on there was no burden, great or small, that Hoshmakaka would not gladly carry." The story is adapted from Thury's original libretto, performed by the Toronto Children's Chorus. Strikingly rich, detailed watercolors enrich the text. While the humbling message may be too subtly conveyed for very young children, this low-keyed and gentle story can be enjoyed by a broad audience.-M.W. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.