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The Firekeeper's Son (Irma S and James H Black Honor for Excellence in Children's Literature (Awards))
The Firekeeper's Son - Irma S and James H Black Honor for Excellence in Children's Literature Awards Author:Linda Sue Park In Korea in the early 1800s, news from the countryside reached the king by means of signal fires. On one mountaintop after another, a fire was lit when all was well. If the king did not see a fire, that meant trouble, and he would send out his army. — Linda Sue Park's first picture book for Clarion is about Sang-hee, son of the village firekeeper... more ». When his father is unable to light the fire one night, young Sang-hee must take his place. Sang-hee knows how important it is for the fire to be lit-but he wishes that he could see soldiers . . . just once.
Mountains, firelight and shadow, and Sunhee's struggle with a hard choice are rendered in radiant paintings, which tell their own story of a turning point in a child's life. Afterword.« less
Wonderful children's story! Set in Korea in the early 19th century, a young boy learns that his family's job is very important. His family is the first in a line of bonfires lit across Korea, all the way to the palace to signal that all is well. Homeschooling moms might wish to use the free literature-based unit study that goes with this book at: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/thefirekeepers_son.htm .