Phonics Museum Reader #09

Phonics Museum Reader #09

In a Camel's Eye

by Ben Merkle, Rebekah Merkle, Debi Hartranft (Illustrator)
Publisher: Veritas Press
Student Reader, 30 pages
Price: $3.00

This is the ninth of thirty-one readers used in the Veritas Press Phonics Museum program. Designed for kindergarten, this tells a story of an Arab raid on a camel train and the caravan's rescue by a boy with his camel. The names of the characters will prove a little more difficult for young students, but it is an excellent introduction to the "qu" blend and the use of the later letters of the alphabet, like x, y, and z.

Sample Section:

Quin was big, but not that quick.
Yezid and Quin had been on a visit to Adulis
and were in a caravan back to Axum...

Story Background:

Axum (also spelled Aksum) is the name of a town and of an historic kingdom in northeastern Ethiopia. The kingdom of Axum became powerful in around 200 B. C. and spread its control over the central highlands of Ethiopia. By the second century A. D., the power of Axum extended to Somalia and parts of southern Arabia. Axum was a major trade power, due principally to its important port of Adulis on the Red Sea which lay between southern Arabia and the city of Axum proper. The kingdom controlled most of the traffic to India from the second century well into the Byzantine era.

In about A. D. 330 King Ezanus of Axum became a Christian as a result of the preaching of St. Frumentius, and from this point Christianity spread throughout Ethiopia.

The Kingdom of Axum declined in the eighth and ninth centuries as the Islamic civilization rose to prominence in the Red Sea regions. The Kingdom lost much of its importance when the port of Adulis fell to Muslim control.

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