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Fire on the Mountain

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A retelling of an Ethiopian folktale about a clever young shepherd boy who outwits a haughty rich man and gains a fortune for himself and his sister.

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

A retelling of an Ethiopian folktale about a clever young shepherd boy who outwits a haughty rich man and gains a fortune for himself and his sister.

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: 9780780783799
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Aladdin Picture Books
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Kurtz
Jane Kurtz

Amy June Bates has illustrated many books for children, including Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight by Kathleen Krull, The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest and You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy. She graduated from Brigham Young University and now lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three children. Illustrating books has always been her dream.

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