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The Hundredth Name Cover art by Michael Hays ©2010

Shulamith Levey Oppenheim shows once again that she not only understands the heart of a child, but she can weave a mysterious, breathtaking tale that will captivate readers of all ages.

Shulamith Levey Oppenheim is the author of several highly praised books for children, including I Love You, Bunny Rabbit, illustrated by Syd Moore (published by Boyds Mills Press), Appleblossom, illustrated by Joanna Yardley (an American Bookseller’s “Pick of the Lists”). Mrs. Oppenheim has traveled widely, and it was during a stay in Egypt–a country she has come to love–that she heard the saying about the camel and the names of Allah. She live in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband, Felix. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.

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The Hundredth Name

by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim
illustrated by Michael Hays

Boyds Mills Press 1995

Salah is sad–sad because his camel, Qadiim, always seems so downcast. But what can he, a mere boy, do to help his camel? Salah has recently has recently learned from his father about the hundred names of Allah– of which mankind knows only ninety-nine. What if Qadiim could learn the hundredth name? Wouldn’t that be something to lift the camel’s spirits and pride?

This rich and eloquent story of a child’s simple faith and love for an animal is set in Muslim Egypt. Michael Hays has handsomely created the village setting on the lush banks of the Nile as well as the liminous starlit night on which a seeming miracle occurs.

The Hundredth Name art by Michael Hays ©2010