HASSAN is a little Arab boy. He lives in the desert where it is very hot and sandy. The Arabs do not build houses, but live in tents. There are no beds or chairs; they have many soft cushions instead.
The sun is so hot on the desert, that the Arabs stay in their tents and sleep in the daytime. In the evening, when it is cooler, Hassan's father sits in front of the tent and smokes his long pipe, while the children play in the sand.
When they have their supper, Hassan's father eats first; then his mother and the children have theirs; and the servants eat what is left. That would seem strange to us in this country.
The Arab's tent is pitched near a spring, where the date palm grows. Sometimes the hot sun dries up the spring, and then the family must find a new home.
The camels are brought up, and the loading begins.