The Wooden Camel
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.
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 2|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Genre||Fiction, Picture Books|
|Number of Pages||32|
- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
- Children's Africana Book Award Honor Book
- Kate Greenaway Children's Book Award Nominee
“Sweeping lines and elongated shapes make goats and camels appear graceful in this arid Kenyan landscape and lend a refreshing, contemporary tone to the story. Readers will be drawn to Etabo’s vulnerability and to his sister, Akiru’s generosity.”—Booklist
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“The text is streamlined but warm and sometimes humorous. . . . Kids with unmet desires of their own will relate to this gentle tale that gives dreams full respect in their own right.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
School Library Journal
“The beautiful illustrations and message about resilience will resonate with a variety of readers young and old. Perfect for one-on-one and small group sharing.”—starred, School Library Journal
“[A] bittersweet story . . .”—Publishers Weekly
“[An] empathetic look at a Turkana boy’s deferred dreams and a family’s struggle for a resource taken for granted by most American children strikes an important chord for families.”—Kirkus Reviews
Author: Wanuri Kahiu
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.
Illustrator: Manuela Adreani
Manuela Adreani is a children's book illustrator and animator living in Turin, Italy. Her accolades include winning the illustration contest for the 130th anniversary of the creation of Pinocchio.