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The Wooden Camel

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Written by WANURI KAHIU | Illustrated by MANUELA ADREANI

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 award-winning illustrator Manuela Adreani, 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.

Age: 3-7
Length: 32 pages
Genre: Picture book

'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 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

'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.' – 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
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