Etabo dreams of racing camels like his big brother, Lopeyok. However, their father has to sell the camels to buy water and the children have to look after the goats. Etabo is upset and prays to the Sky God, Akuj, for help. The reply he receives is, 'Your dreams are enough.' But will Etabo manage to keep his dreams alive?
The beautiful illustrations and gentle story of 'The Wooden Camel' show the reader scenes from life in another culture. On the back of the book, we are told that Etabo belongs to the Turkana people of north-west Kenya. Ashamed to admit that I know nothing about these people, the book led me to finding out about them, their homeland and their customs.
But although the cultural setting is different to my own, the themes of the story are universal. Siblings teasing each other, difficult family circumstances, hopes and dreams, family love and loyalty- all of these are experienced by people the world over.
When he feels all hope is lost, Etabo keeps his dreams alive through faith and family love. Watching over him and recognising his sadness, Akiru, Etabo's sister, offers her brother the perfect gift to help him keep his dreams alive.
This lovely book is perfect for sharing in school and at home and would inspire plenty of quality work no matter what age group it was used with. Beautiful and inspiring!
The Wooden Camel by Wanuri Kahiu, illustrated by Manuela Adreani
Lantana Publishing ISBN: 978-1911373131