Army Camels: Texas Ships of the Desert (Hardcover)
Texas Ships of the Desert
Pelican Publishing Company, 9781455618231, 32pp.
Publication Date: August 29, 2013
WINNER OF THE SCBWI CRYSTAL KITE
WINNER OF THE WRITER'S LEAGUE OF TEXAS PICTURE BOOK AWARD
"Told in straightforward prose, the wartime stories, accompanied by delicate hand-painted sceneries, demonstrate how these creatures used their charming quirks to earn the respect of the military, the locals, and the politicians behind their conscription. Fisher reveals a niche in American history, along with the fact that these endearing animals were just the first wave of camel recruits."
--Annie Miller, Booklist Online
Author Doris Fisher traces the journey of camels from Africa to Texas in 1856 for use as the very first US Camel Corps. Young readers will delight in the illustrations as they learn about this little-known part of American history. Although the camels initially were not accepted by the locals, the people of Texas came to respect their strength and endurance as they transported US Army supplies through the desert. This fascinating book also includes information about the camels' legacy, such as their use by the Confederacy during the American Civil War, and the handlers who worked with them.