“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.
About the Author
Doris Fisher is a retired kindergarten teacher now working as a children’s writer. She has published four children’s picture books and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Spending her time creating children’s activities and visiting local schools, she lives in Kingwood, Texas.
About the Illustrator
Julie Dupré Buckner illustrates and teaches art classes. She received a BFA from Louisiana Tech University and is a member of the Portrait Society of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Buckner also illustrated Pelican’s Jubilee!, Clovis Crawfish and Echo Gecko, Clovis Crawfish and Silvie Sulphur, and Clovis Crawfish and the Twin Sister. She lives in Plaquemine, Louisiana.
Texas Ships of the Desert
By Doris Fisher
Illustrated by Julie Dupré Buckner
JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / State & Local
JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Military & Wars
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / General
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus.
ISBN: 9781455624386 pb