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Fire on the Mountain

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  53 Ratings  ·  13 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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This Ethiopian folktale is a very unique story about a young boy who is a shepherd in Ethiopia named Alemayu. Alemayu and his sister are servants to an evil-spirited and unkind rich man, who challenges Alemayu to survive a night alone in the cold mountains, offering a reward to he and his sitter if he can do it. Eventually with the help of others sticking up for him and believing in him, Alemayu and his sister end up being the wealthy ones at the end. I thought this was a very good book for chil ...more
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.
Ruqayya Jarad
Feb 02, 2015 Ruqayya Jarad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This multicultural book is a story about brother and sister who live in the high and beautiful mountains of Ethiopia, the boy is a shepherd named Alemayu. He and his sister live as servants in the house of a bad-tempered and arrogant rich man. Alemayu is challenged by his master to survive a night alone in the cold mountain air.If he succeeds,he and his sister will be rewarded.If he fails, they will be left homeless and jobless.This story is for grade level K-2. The illustration is great and by ...more
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Mar 30, 2015 Tori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: folk-literature
I think this was a great story that will teach children that being selfish will not let them win in the end. The ones who give of themselves will be rewarded. This is a good book to read out loud to the class to teach about selfishness. Also, I would put this in my classroom library. I could even see the kids writing about something they could todo to show that they are brave as along as, it is something that they can do safely and won't get in trouble for.
Jul 25, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 13, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 03, 2013 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
This story of a clever young shepherd boy and his sister outwitting a dishonest rich man is a retelling of a traditional tale. The illustrations give an authentic glimpse of the rich culture of Ethiopia where the author grew up.
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
Dec 14, 2009 Rachel N rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 05, 2010 Katelyn Warner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
* 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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