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The camel who crossed Australia / Jackie French.

By: French, Jackie.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: French, Jackie. Animal stars: 3.; Animal stars: Book 3.; French, Jackie. Animal stars: bk. 3.; Animal stars: 3; Animal stars: 3.Publisher: Pymble, N.S.W. : Angus & Robertson, 2008Description: 233 pages : maps ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780732285432 (pbk.) :.Subject(s): Burke and Wills Expedition (1860-1861) -- Juvenile fiction | Camels -- Juvenile fiction | Human-animal relationships -- Juvenile fiction | Camels Juvenile fiction | Australia -- Discovery and exploration -- Juvenile fictionGenre/Form: Children's stories, Australian. | Children's fiction.DDC classification: [Fic.]
Contents:
Includes bibliography. -"The humans called him Rajah. But to the other camels he is known as He Who Spits Further than the Wind. Transported from his beloved Afghan plains and mountains to Australia, Rajah is forced to join the baggage train for famous nineteenth-century explorers Burke and Wills as they embark on an expedition to cross the continent from south to north for the first time. Rajah has never had a high opinion of humans or horses, in terms of their ability to survive desert conditions. And with the exception of his own handlers Dost Mahomet and and Esan Khan, the humans in this expedition seem obsessed by the success of their mission ... to the point of risking their own lives and the lives of the animals who support them. Rajah can smell water over the sandhills on the horizon ... and freedom too. But will the expedition ever succeed, or will the cost be too high?"--Provided by publisher.
Summary: A camel named Bell Sing is transported from mountains of the Northwest Frontier (modern day Pakistan and Aftghanistan) to Australia to be used as a pack animal by an expedition attempting to cross the continent from south to north for the first time. The humans in this expedition - nineteenth-century explorers Burke and Wills - seem determined to succeed but Bell Sing has his doubts about their competence. Camel Handler Dost Mahomet and soldier John King are also starting to wonder who, if any one, will survive. Suggested level: primary, intermediate, junior secondary.
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Transported from his beloved Afghan plains and mountains to Australia, Rajah the camel is forced to join the baggage train for famous 19th century explorers Burke and Wills as they embark on an expedition to cross the continent from south to north for the first time.

Followed by: The donkey who carried the wounded.

Includes bibliography. -"The humans called him Rajah. But to the other camels he is known as He Who Spits Further than the Wind. Transported from his beloved Afghan plains and mountains to Australia, Rajah is forced to join the baggage train for famous nineteenth-century explorers Burke and Wills as they embark on an expedition to cross the continent from south to north for the first time. Rajah has never had a high opinion of humans or horses, in terms of their ability to survive desert conditions. And with the exception of his own handlers Dost Mahomet and and Esan Khan, the humans in this expedition seem obsessed by the success of their mission ... to the point of risking their own lives and the lives of the animals who support them. Rajah can smell water over the sandhills on the horizon ... and freedom too. But will the expedition ever succeed, or will the cost be too high?"--Provided by publisher.

A camel named Bell Sing is transported from mountains of the Northwest Frontier (modern day Pakistan and Aftghanistan) to Australia to be used as a pack animal by an expedition attempting to cross the continent from south to north for the first time. The humans in this expedition - nineteenth-century explorers Burke and Wills - seem determined to succeed but Bell Sing has his doubts about their competence. Camel Handler Dost Mahomet and soldier John King are also starting to wonder who, if any one, will survive. Suggested level: primary, intermediate, junior secondary.

For primary school age.

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