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Hairy Hezekiah

by Dick King-Smith

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A lonely Bactrian camel sets out in search of a friend, but after being threatened, laughed at, and insulted by other animals at the zoo and unknowingly wreaking havoc in the English countryside, he finds a real home and true friend at a safari park.
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Cute enough fantasy about a zoo camel that finds for itself refuge in a safari park. I would have given it 3 stars, but unfortunately there's a big problem. The owner of the safari park decides to find a female camel, and winds up swapping a young gorilla for her. The thing is, there aren't enough good homes for apes, actually, and besides that, the owner broke up a family, taking the youngster away from his parents. Not to diss camels, but gorillas are close kin to humans, and are worthy of much more respect and compassion. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
"Hezekiah, a grumpy old Bactrian camel, is lonely. There are no other camels at the zoo for him to talk to. One day he figures out how to open the gate to his paddock and he's off on an amazing and funny adventure...With word repetition, some challenging vocabulary, graphic support, and comical characters, this is an ideal early chapter book."
From NoveList (Reviewed October 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 10, p119)
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  readingtodogs | Aug 15, 2008 |
Hezekiah is the only Bactrian camel in the zoo. He's lonely and he's sick and tired of only talking to himself. So one day, Hezekiah decides to escape from the zoo and go off to find some animals to be his pals. It's not as easy as he thinks! The first animals he runs into are the lions. Friendly enough until they let slip that they might eat him if he steps foot inside their cage. Next are the monkeys... terribly rude... And so Hezekiah continues in search of friends... maybe a nice big place to live... and maybe another camel to share his days... Will he ever find what he seeks?

A funny early chapter book that will appeal to animal lovers. The story is a bit old-fashioned, but not in a bad way. This would be a good one to hand to younger kids with higher reading levels. ( )
  abbylibrarian | Feb 25, 2008 |
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A lonely Bactrian camel sets out in search of a friend, but after being threatened, laughed at, and insulted by other animals at the zoo and unknowingly wreaking havoc in the English countryside, he finds a real home and true friend at a safari park.

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