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Raja’s Pet Camel

The Magic of Hope

Empathy and perseverance take center stage in this sweet picture book about a boy’s love for his (unusual) pet.

Raja had always wanted to have a pet like the happy kids in his school books did. But most yard animals in India worked. They weren’t for play. Nevertheless, when Raja stumbled upon a scared, baby camel, he took him home and made him his own pet. But it wasn’t long before there were smashed pots! Broken fences! And a big mess everywhere! Kamal was a wild camel with wild ways! Raja’s father was not pleased. “We don’t have time for camels. We’re too busy herding goats,” he warned. Raja loved his new pet but his father is fed up with the mess and determined to sell him at the next fair. Will Raja find a way to keep Kamal or will they lose each other forever? This tale of unconditional love and hope is sure to enchant any child! With illustrations that detail the bright colors of India and the Thar Desert, Raja’s Pet Camel by Anita Nahta Amin carries the key message of perseverance, tradition and love supported by the many advocates of positive parenting solutions. It'll sit comfortably on your shelf alongside other books that focus on overcoming obstacles and focusing on hope in the name of love, like the work of Gaia Cornwall (Jabari Jumps) and Adir Levy (What Should Danny Do?). This book comes with a free Reader’s Guide for children. Lesson plans on nouns and verbs, activities and discussion questions allow parents, teachers and caregivers to explore the book further and deepen comprehension.

Details & Purchasing

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  • Release Date Fall 2020
  • 32 pages • 9x11 • Ages 4 to 10
  • Hardcover Picture Book, Picture Book, Ebook
  • ISBN (hardcover): 978-1-7330359-4-1
  • ISBN (picture book): 978-1-7330359-5-8
  • ISBN (ebook): 978-1-7330359-3-4
  • Lexile Leveling: 580
  • Fountas & Pinnell Level: K

Book Reviews

Midwest Book Review

"A thoroughly charming and wonderfully fun picture book for children ages 5-8, "Raja's Pet Camel: The Magic of Hope" by author/storyteller Anita Nahta Amin and artist/illustrator Parwinder Singh will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections for young readers."


This is a sweet and wholesome story about perseverance and kindness, as well as a window into another culture.

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