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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Wooden Camel (The)
by Wanuri Kahiu
Age Range: Under_5
Etabo dreams of racing camels. One day he may even be able to beat his older brother Lopeyok when they race. All his brothers and sisters make fun of Etabo because he’s too small to race on a camel. Etabo doesn’t care, he knows that he will be the best camel racer ever. With the price of water rising, Etabo’s father has to sell the camels, and his siblings must find work. What can Etabo do to keep his dream alive?
Set against a backdrop of the Turkana people of north-west Kenya, acclaimed Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu has created a story that combines the nomadic life of the Turkana tribe with the importance of keeping one’s dreams alive.
Italian illustrator Manuela Adreani’s expressive illustrations, with her striking use of colour, of both people and animals are alluring. Whether it’s the double-page spread of a dry arid desert, the vast expanse of landscape with a stunning pink sky, the imposing camel and goat or the final exquisite image of Etabo in his sister’s embrace, they all evoke the atmosphere of this region of Kenya bringing it so vividly to life.