Fire on the Mountain

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Fire on the Mountain

FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN: Simon & Schuster (c) 1994, illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Alemayu is a dreamer. When he goes off to spend all night on a cold mountain, in response to a rich man's challenge, it takes all the imagination he can muster to survive. And when the rich man cheats him out of the reward, well, he and his sister must once again use their wisdom and imagination to come up with a solution. A re-telling of an Ethiopian folktale.

Alternate selection, Children's Book of the Month Club.

ALA's Book Links called it one of the best picture books of 1994.

One of five finalists for the PEN West Literary Award for Children's Literature.

Nominated for the Flicker Tale Award and Young Hoosier Award, state lists.

"A handsome and evocative book for story hours or independent reading." Horn Book.

"Many kids will enjoy this quiet story of a little guy's victory." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.


--Ask Jane if you can borrow a copy of the British version of the picture book, Mamo on the Mountain. It's fun to spot similarities and differences. A British reviewer called the book "so beautifully written it sings."

--Variations on this folktale are found all over the world. Look for these stories to compare:

--This book was the first book illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Look at some other books by the same talented artist. Do you find any similarities?

Jane says that it's always exciting to hear about who's reading her books. Maybe the most fun of all has been to hear from Ethiopian families in the U.S. or families that have adopted Ethiopian children. They say that Jane's books have given them a special way to connect kids with their country of birth or heritage.

--The following resources contain stories with the same general motif as FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN:

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