Written by WANURI KAHIU | Illustrated by MANUELA ADREANI
Etabo dreams of being a camel racer. 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? This story of love and hope centres on the inspiring Turkana people of north-west Kenya. Told with gentleness and humour, it is a universal story about keeping one’s dreams alive.
Children's Africana Book Awards Honour Book
'A gift. A burst of dreamy and imaginative details. This is one stunning piece of work worth celebrating' – Brittle Paper
'A captivating story about self-sacrifice, kinship, and the joys of the imagination. A story that will never lose its magic' – The Tiger Tales
'This evocative story transports readers to the desert of northwestern Kenya with sweeping landscape images and dreamlike spreads. Will resonate with a variety of readers young and old' – School Library Journal, STARRED
The illustrations in this book are beautiful and the story of a family pulling together to support one another is really moving. There are some wonderful comic moments too which tickled my (almost) 2 year old
The Wooden Camel
One of my daughters couldn't resist this cover and so we took this title from the library. Then, as we read, I was so delighted to find it captivating and refreshing! I loved talking with my girls about the story and that it had depth *to* talk about. They loved that the power of imagination was such a feature.
This is a super story about a boy who wants to race camels. It is probably more suited to children 6 years and older as there are some complicated ideas you could discuss about why, for example, the family have had to sell off all their camels. The boy does pray to a Sky God (not the Christian God) so if that is a sensitivity in your setting, that is something to note - it is probably not relevant for most people though. The answer to his prayer is wooden camel toys and his imagination (sorry for the spoiler!) so if you were doing any kind of school unit on toys / imagination it may be useful.