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Kami and the Yaks

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  74 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Just before the start of a new trek, a Sherpa family discovers that their yaks are missing. Young Kami, anxious to help his brother and fathermaintain their livelihood, sets off by himself to find the wandering herd.A spunky deaf child who is unable to speak, Kami attempts to summon the yaks with his shrill whistle.Failing to rout them,he hustles up the steep mountainside ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Bay Otter Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Winner of the 2008 Schneider Family Book Award for best picture book depicting a disability. Kami lives in the Himalayas and is deaf. What surprised me in this book is that he uses no formal sign language, such as ASL, to communicate. I guess I just assumed that sign language was everywhere. He does manage to communicate, but using his own made-up signs.

I enjoyed this story about how he proved to his father and brother that he could be useful and resourceful, even though he is deaf. I hope some
Jenny Kwon
Mar 15, 2015 Jenny Kwon rated it it was amazing
Kami and the Yaks is about a little boy named Kami who is deaf. Kami, his father, and his uncle all live in the mountains where their job is to care for the people on the mountains and its animals. One rainy day, Kami realizes that the yaks went missing and it is his mission to find them before a bad thunderstorm hits. When he finally finds the yaks, he realizes that one of the yaks has its leg stuck in the crevice of two heavy rocks. He rushes to tell his father and uncle but struggles to do so ...more
Chandler Cash
Feb 19, 2015 Chandler Cash rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book
When I read the cover of the book and did a quick read through I thought this would be a great choice to read. It combines two different kinds of diversity, its a child who is deaf and lives in the Himalaya's, so I thought it would be really diverse in its language and it would open up a new world to the reader. I was sad to find out that it wasn't quite what I expected. It failed on being intriguing and something that I would enjoy reading to young children. I was barely able to read it since i ...more
Hayle Lincoln
I LOVED this picture book! It was rich in many aspects; I really enjoyed it. The illustrations were very detailed, and I think all readers would enjoy this story. This book had a great story. I thought it was great that the author incorporated a little boy with a disability, because there will always be a child out there that can relate to his story in one form or another. Another aspect that I enjoyed about the book is that it was original, I have never read a book of this sort before. The illu ...more
This book is about a boy who helps to find his family's four yaks that they need to make a living. His father and brother were off trying to find them and Kami wanted to help to find them. He ends up finding the yaks and making his father and brother very proud. Andrea Stenn Stryer does a great job in making the story very suspenseful and keeping the readers trying to guess what will happen next. This book does a great job at leaving the readers feeling like they can do great things even when th ...more
Mar 29, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
Kami, the hero of our story, is a deaf boy who manages to save his family's yaks from an approaching storm. I liked that the hero was deaf, and liked even more that Andrea Stenn Stryer didn't make a big deal out of this--it was just part of who Kami was. Ultimately, the story is about communication. Kami needs help in order to save the yaks, and he has to communicate to his father that the yaks are in danger, and he has to communicate the nature of the danger that they're in.

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Mattathias Westwood
Is this nonfiction, or is it just meant to feel like it? I like it, especially the beautiful illustrations. One of several picture books I grabbed for my wife when she was interested in finding one to discuss the theme of bravery in one of her classes. In the end, it wasn't quite right for that task, but it's a good read for opening up sherpa culture.
I believe it is important for any aged student to read about a heroin with a disability. Kami was determined to accomplish his goal which was to save his family's yaks as well as his life. Imaginative illustration helps bring the story to life.
It's so early in the morning that the sun isn't even up yet. Kami's father and brother have gone to retrieve the yaks so they can load them up for travel. A problem arises: where are the yaks? They are nowhere to be seen. Kami thinks he might be able to find them. He blows his whistle to see if that brings them in. When that doesn't work he begins to walk, trying all of the yaks favorite places. He finally finds them in a valley behind the crags. Success! All the yaks are there. However, the sma ...more
Chrystal Mahan
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April Helms
Mar 22, 2008 April Helms rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children
Kami is a young Sherpa boy who lives in the Himalayas. His family takes care of a heard of Yaks, which are used for carrying packs for mountain climbers (among other things, I'm sure). One day, Kami, who is deaf, realizes that the yaks have not come back from the mountains. Despite a brewing storm, Kami goes to find them. A neat story on persistance and bravely, and beautifully illustrated in sepias and blues. A couple times, the text was a bit lost, especially the white text on a lighter or "bu ...more
Shayne Cope
I like that kami saved the day and amazed his family. A distinct story and great message.
Kristyan Williams
Jul 19, 2010 Kristyan Williams rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful tale about a Sherpa boy named Kami and his family in the Himalayas. Kami is a special boy because although he is deaf, he still manages to work and help his father to find the yaks that go missing during a storm. This is a very interesting story that introduces readers to a seldom-referenced culture while teaching them to overcome limitations. I appreciate the author's note at the end of the book about the history and lifestyle of the Sherpa people, and I would read this book ...more
set in Nepal - such an exciting story!
Sep 24, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it
A book based on a true story about Sherpas from the Himalayas. He is deaf, and the book show how he overcomes his disability in the harsh winters there. The book is different and really should be read to a more mature elementary audience. You could use this book for math because of the number of yaks. It could also be good in an ESOL classroom because we could use it for a lesson on other cultures. Students could talk about life in their home country.
Nov 14, 2013 Maggie rated it really liked it
This book was very cool! Kami is such a brave child, and the fact that the author uses his heightened other senses despite his being deaf to locate the yaks was very cool. I thought it was very important that that was included because you don't read books where people without a sense have heightened other senses. I loved how he also faced one of his fears (being alone) and worked to get his family's yaks back! I really liked this book.
Jan 21, 2014 Trisan rated it really liked it
Shelves: child-1, child-2
Great story. Better for older child.
Oct 19, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
Kami helps his father find their four missing yaks as a huge storm – thunder, lightning, hail – approaches.It is not revealed that Kami is deaf until the end of the fourth page, which firmly establishes that his disability is a part of his persona, not the definer. He is, simply, a little boy that wants to help his father as well as find the four yaks he knows so well.
Becca Dunlap
Sep 28, 2011 Becca Dunlap rated it it was amazing
A family's 4 yaks go missing before a major storm and Kami is left behind because his father and brother don't believe he can help due to his own "limitations." It is a touching story of how someone with limitations can overcome everyone's expectations.
Eileen Corbett
Apr 18, 2011 Eileen Corbett rated it liked it
A deaf boy, Kami, locates his family's yaks during a storm, and is able to lead family members to them and eventually bring them safely home. Despite Kami's disability, he shows compassion for the young yak when his leg is caught between rocks.
Melinda Miller
This is a story of a young, deaf Sherpa boy who has to convince his father, without the use of speech, to rescue a yak stranded in the Himalayas during a storm. It has great illustrations and involves the readers in the lives of the Sherpa.
Kami's father and brother are guide for mountain climbers. When they set out to find the yaks for the journey they are no where to be found. When Kami sets out to find the yaks on his own he encounters some troubles.
Feb 18, 2010 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-picture-books
A story of how a deaf Sherpa boy becomes a family hero by finding and saving the yaks the family depends on. Interesting pictures and facts about living in Nepal at high altitude.
Jun 16, 2008 Magda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
High in a land where winds blow snow clouds off tall mountain peaks, Kami stepped out into the early morning dark. He sniffed the moistness.
Mar 20, 2008 Molly rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A story of a brave young boy who rescues his family's yaks, despite the misgivings of his father. This would be a good read for kindergarten and up.
Apr 23, 2012 Paula rated it really liked it

In the Himalaya Mountains of Nepal, a deaf Sherpa boy proves himself to his father by rescuing his family's yaks from a dangerous storm.
Mar 02, 2011 Beatrice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tibet
I think it's great, in particular the illustrations.
2008 Schneider- Young.

addressing deafness
Feb 24, 2009 Lynne marked it as to-read
about a child hearing impaired
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