The Hundredth Name

· Astra Publishing House
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About this ebook

This picture book for young readers, rich in the details of Middle Eastern village life, tells the warm story of a bond between a father, a son, and the son's favorite camel, as well as their devotion to the Muslim faith, and the power of prayer in their daily life.

Salah and his camel, Qadiim, are constant companions. They work together, eat together, and sleep together. Salah is distressed, however, because his camel always seems so sad and downcast, hanging his head low. But in middle of one night, Salah remembers what his father has told him -- that while mankind knows only ninety-nine names for Allah, there are actually one hundred names. What if Qadiim, the camel, could learn the hundredth name? Under the stars Salah prays "to Allah with all his strength." The next day-- a seeming miracle! -- the camel Quadiim carries his head high with a most knowing look. Does Quadiim know the one hundredth name?

Beautifully written and complemented by illustrations that portray the lush, verdant landscape of the Middle East, from the banks of the Nile to its luminous starlit nights, here is a spiritual and touching story of an Islamic family.

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Third-party review
Salah's father explains to him that we live and die knowing only 99 names of Allah, not the 100th. Salah decides it will make his sad camel happier if he would know the 100th name of Allah. He prays very hard that Allah will whisper the 100th name to his camel.
Third-party review
With measured prose Oppenheim (I Love You, Bunny Rabbit, p. 230, etc.) gives this brief story a reverent tone; a strong sense of place established in the text and pictures makes it vivid. Salah ...

About the author

Shulamath Levey Oppenheim is the author of I Love You, Bunny Rabbit, illustrated by Cyd Moore (Boyds Mills Press, 1995), and Iblis, illustrated by Ed Young (Little Brown, 1994). She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Michael Hays has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger (Macmillan, 1994), and The Boy Who Loved Morning by Shannon K. Jacobs (Little, Brown, 1993). He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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