The Fire

The Fire

An Ethiopian Folk Tale

Book - 2002
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A slave, who has worked tirelessly for many years, asks his master to free him. The master replies that he will do so once the slave has spent the night all alone and naked on top of a high mountain in the freezing cold. Then he laughs. The slave in despair asks the help of a wise old man who, by an act of friendship, helps the slave to fulfill the task and obtain his freedom.
While this is an Ethiopian story, it carried universal significance. Told at an IBBY Congress by noted Austrian writer Heinz Janisch, it inspired the highly regarded Mexican illustrator, Fabricio VandenBroeck, also attending the congress as a Mexican IBBY Honour Book nominee and finalist in the Utopia contest. Together they wished to make a book that could speak to all children about friendship and also raise funds for IBBY. A percentage of royalties will be donated to this important organization by both the creators and the publisher. Founded in 1953, the International Board on Books for Young People is a network of children's book professionals dedicated to creating cultural bridges through quality children's literature.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2002
ISBN: 9780888994509
0888994508
Branch Call Number: FT FIR
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill
Additional Contributors: Vandenbroeck, Fabricio

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