As author and illustrator, Miss Earle happily combines her talents in this thorough and concise description of an unusual subject. Interesting facts abound as she traces the habits, characteristics, functions and history of both Arabian and Bactrian camels. She then launches discussions of the various descendants of the camel; the llama, guanaco and vicu. We learn how camels are trained to carry baggage, what their dispositions are like, and in which geographical area each species is found. Black and white drawings illustrate differences between the animals and enliven those facts more difficult to visualize. A recommended addition to the library of any young animal lover.