The Wooden Camel
Written by Wanuri Kahiu and illustrated by Manuela Adreani
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Born in Nairobi, Wanuri Kahiu is part of the new generation of African filmmakers. Her films have received international acclaim and have screened in over 100 film festivals around the world. Her awards include five African movie Academy Awards, Best Narrative Feature at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, Best Short Film at the Cannes Independent Film Festival and the ‘Citta di Venezia 2010’ award in Venice, Italy. She is one of the TED Fellows of 2017. She currently lives with her partner and two children in Nairobi. The Wooden Camel is her first picture book.
Manuela Adreani lives in Turin, Italy. After receiving a diploma in Illustration, she worked as a graphic artist before moving to the exciting world of animation. She won a scholarship to take a Master’s in Animation at Turin’s European Institute of Design and then joined the Lastrego e Testa Studio, where she worked on several TV series that were produced and broadcast by RAI television in Italy. In 2011, Manuela began her career as a freelance illustrator. She is among the winners of the illustration contest commemorating the 130th anniversary of the creation of Pinocchio. You can find out more about her on manuelaadreani.blogspot.co.uk
Lake Turkana is about to die, dead. It is the largest permanent desert lake and the largest alkaline lake. Like, in the world. And it’s about to die in favour of a dam. It also means that the beautiful people who have made the lake their life source will be forced out of their homes and their tradition within the next decade.
So, I write about Lake Turkana to appeal for its life. Or to honour its death. Whichever happens first. And I write so more people can ask questions and become curious about our endangered tree, lakes, hills that are our own life source, with the hope that maybe if we continue to work at our dreams of saving our most beloved mother — nature, then maybe we are worthy of our dreams and they will truly be enough.
I also write for the most beautiful children who have turned my life into giggles and fun. I wish for them all the love and magnitude and abundance of being a sibling and having a life long friend!
Author: Wanuri Kahiu
Illustrator: Manuela Adreani
Release date: 12th April 2017
Page number: 32
Age range: 5-7
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-911373-13-1
Product dimensions: 24cm x 24cm
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