The Wooden Camel by Wanuri KahiuThe Wooden Camel by Wanuri Kahiu

The Wooden Camel

byWanuri KahiuIllustratorManuela Adreani

Picture Books | October 1, 2017

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Etabo dreams of being a camel racer. One day he might even beat his older brother when they race. But with the price of water rising, Etabo's father must sell the camels, and his siblings must find work. What will Etabo do now? From acclaimed Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu and Italian illustrator Manuela Adreani, this story of love and hope centers on the inspiring Turkana people of northwest Kenya. Told with gentleness and humor, it is a universal story about keeping one's dreams alive.

Born in Nairobi, Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu's award-winning films have screened in more than 100 film festivals around the world. The Wooden Camel is her first picture book.Manuela Adreani is a children's book illustrator and animator living in Turin, Italy. Her accolades include winning the illustration contest for the 130th annive...
Title:The Wooden CamelFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 9.75 × 9.75 × 0.4 inPublished:October 1, 2017Publisher:Lantana PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1911373129

ISBN - 13:9781911373124


Editorial Reviews

"A boy dreams of racing camels in Kenyan filmmaker Kahiu's bittersweet story, which features the Turkana people of northwest Kenya. Etabo's older siblings tease him for his goal ('He's too small to race camels'), and he suffers another setback when his father sells their camels in order to afford water. The companionship of a favorite goat, Keti, helps Etabo keep up his spirits, and he prays to Akuj, the Sky God, for help twice. The deity's response is always the same: 'Your dreams are enough.' Delicate pencil outlines combine with gauzy washes of color in Italian illustrator Adreani's sweeping grasslands; despite the family's struggles, Etabo's resilience comes through in playful scenes where he rests in an acacia tree with Keti, 'daydreaming about racing camels,' and attempts (unsuccessfully) to ride various uncooperative animals: 'Chickens... Cats... And even Keti.' Etabo's daydreams gain a new outlet after his sister carves him wooden camels to race in his imagination. It's a simple act that allows Etabo's dreams to thrive-readers can imagine where that nurtured hope might take him in the future."-Publishers Weekly