The Wooden Camel by Wanuri Kahiu, illustrated by Manuela Adreani

Published by Lantana Publishing

Summary:  Etabo dreams about being the best camel racer ever.  His older brothers and sisters make fun of him, saying he’s too small to race camels, but he doesn’t care.  His dreams are put on hold, though, when his family has to sell all the camels to buy water.  Then his older siblings have to leave to find work, leaving Etabo at home to take care of the family’s goats.  When he prays to Akuj the Sky God, Akuj replies, “Your dreams are enough.”  His older sister is sympathetic, and spends her free time carving Etabo a set of wooden camels.  Encouraged by his new camels and his family’s love, Etabo realizes that his dreams are, in fact, enough for now.  32 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  A simple story that will introduce children to the Turkana people of Kenya, and a boy with dreams that kids around the world will understand.  The illustrations capture the beauty of the Kenyan landscape.

Cons:  Some back matter with more information about Etabo and his home would have been useful.

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