Meet the Author

Shulamith Levey Oppenheim

Portrait of Shulamith Levey Oppenheim

Shulamith Levey Oppenheim was born in Ohio. Her father taught at a college there, and was an expert in the history of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. From him, Oppenheim got her love of travel and world cultures. Once she found an idea for a book on a visit to the pyramids in Egypt. She was charmed by the folk tales she heard about camels, and used them in her story.

Oppenheim loves folk tales, and they have given her many ideas for books. Sometimes those ideas take a long time to take shape. It took more than ten years for her to make a book from the Egyptian folk tales she heard. Oppenheim has said that an idea can be like a seed, waiting for water to help it grow. "When the rain comes, it bursts forth." Even if it takes years!


  • Oppenheim finds ideas for her books in her travels. You can too! Think of a trip you have taken, either a long one or a short one. Draw a picture of yourself or another character on that trip. Think of a problem the character might have. See if it leads you to a story!
  • Folk tales are among Oppenheim's favorite stories. Find a folk tale that you like. Ask your teacher or librarian for help. When you have found a great folk tale, share it with the rest of your class.

Photography Credit

Oppenheim

Other Books Written by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim

  • And the Earth Trembled: The Creation of Adam & Eve
    (illustrated by Neil Waldman)
  • Appleblossom
    (illustrated by Joanna Yardley)
  • I Love You, Bunny Rabbit
    (illustrated by Cyd Moore)
  • What Is the Moon Full Of?
    (illustrated by Cyd Moore)
  • Waiting for Noah
    (illustrated by Lillian Hoban)
  • Yanni Rubbish
    (illustrated by Yanni Rubbish)