Fire on the Mountain

Overview

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.

A clever young shepherd boy uses his wits to gain a fortune for himself and his sister from a haughty rich man.

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Overview

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.

A clever young shepherd boy uses his wits to gain a fortune for himself and his sister from a haughty rich man.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Young Alamayu's bravery goes unrewarded by a selfish rich man until the boy's clever sister puts things to rights. "Exceptional watercolors of Ethiopian mountains and mountain people quicken Kurtz's revision of a well-known tale," said PW. Ages 4-8. Jan.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The tale has been told before, but the setting and retelling by Kurtz make this version a pleasure. Recently orphaned, Alemayu heads out to find his sister who is working in the house of a rich man. When the rich man brags about his night in the cold mountains and how he survived, Alemayu remarks on his uncle's fortitude, braving the cold with only a thin cloak. Challenged by the rich man to do the same, Alemayu agrees knowing that, if he succeeds, he and his sister can start a new life with the gold that has been promised. When the rich man reneges on the bet, his servants conspire to embarrass him in front of friends and ensure that Alemayu and his sister get what is due. The Ethiopian setting is beautifully illustrated in E. B. Lewis' watercolors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671882686
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Kurtz

E.B. Lewis is the award-winning illustrator of such books as Virgie Goes to School With Us Boys by Elizabeth Fitzgerald, which was a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book, and This Little Light of Mine. He received the Caldecott Honor for Coming on Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes. E.B. Lewis lives in New Jersey, and you can visit him online at EBLewis.com.

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