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Fire on the Mountain

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Challenged by his master to spend a bitter-cold night alone in the mountains, an Ethiopian boy bets his future that he will succeed. And he does, warmed only by the sight of a distant fire. When his master refuses to recognize the boy's victory, the boy and his sister decide to beat the rich man at his own game.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 1994)
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Humorous folktale of a young boy and those around him who stand up for him. Soft watercolors illustrate this story nicely. Part of Soar to Success.
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Wonderful tale set in a foreign land. Alemayu a shepherd boy works as a cowherder for a rich man. He makes a wager with the man to sleep on the mountain all night for some cows. The way the servants trick the rich man make this story a fun read.
I love the beautiful pictures in this book. The people, & the place, really do look straight out of Ethiopia.
The Story is a simple one about a boy wanting to be with & care for his family. He is set up to fail, but he comes through in the end.
A clever young shepherd boy uses his wits to gain a fortune for himself and his sister from a haughty rich man.
Traditional rural Ethiopia beautifully portrayed in a lively story.
Ebony Hargett
This is a wonderful, multicultural story, set in Ethiopia. I would use this story in the classroom as a read-aloud and a discussion on perseverance and courage.
Rachel N
Fabulous illustrations and a touching story of a young boy's fight for survival in the Ethiopian countryside. We will be reading this one to our children in the future.
Katelyn Warner
* Boy on an adventure
* Set in Africa
* Long picture book, don't read if kids are not interested
* Boy becomes a cow-herder
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Jane Kurtz was born in Portland, Oregon, but when she was two years old, her parents moved to Ethiopia. Jane grew up in Maji, a small town in the southwest corner of the country.
Since there were no televisions, radios, or movies, her memories are of climbing mountains, wading in rivers by the waterfalls, listening to stories, and making up her own stories, which she and her sisters acted out for
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