Fire on the Mountain

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Sagebrush Education, Jan 1, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
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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.

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Review: Fire on the Mountain

User Review  - Al - Goodreads

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. Read full review

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User Review  - Ebony Hargett - Goodreads

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. Read full review

About the author (1998)

Jane Kurtz is a highly acclaimed author of books for young readers. Her picture books include "Fire on the Mountain, " an honor book for the Marion Vannett Ridgeway Award, and "River Friendly, River Wild, " winner of the Golden Kite Award for picture book text. Christopher Kurtz previously collaborated with his sister, Jane, on "Only a Pigeon, " which won a Parents' Choice Gold Award and an African Studies Association Award. Jane and Christopher spent part of their childhoods in a remote village in Ethiopia. Christopher returned to Ethiopia to teach as an adult and spent many hours with monkeys at the Awash National Park. Jane visited the water hole at Treetops, Kenya, while working on this story. Jane Kurtz lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Christopher Kurtz lives in Portland, Oregon.

E.B. Lewis's watercolor paintings appear in BIG BOY and many other picture books. The recipient of a Coretta Scott King Honor for Illustration, he lives in Folsom, New Jersey.

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