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The Firekeeper's Son by Linda Sue Park

The Firekeeper's Son

by Linda Sue Park, Julie Downing (Illustrator)

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I really enjoyed this book. I like the relationship between the family. I liked the feeling it gave me while reading, the son looked up to his father and didn't stop once to think about it or doubt to help when he had to. I think that would be realistic fiction, or even historical fiction. It stated in the book that things like this did happen in the past. They do not use the exact same method but something similar so that could also work. I personally think that the big picture of this book would be to always do what you think is right, and always be there for your family. I would recommend this book to others. I think it is cute and kids should be able to read it. I think it shows a good bond and good value between a family. ( )
  HopeFerguson | Mar 7, 2019 |
great book
  kristenlew8 | May 31, 2018 |
I enjoyed reading this book for two reason. The first reason is for the plot which created suspense within the story. The farther who climbs the mountains every day to start the fire to signal the town is safe, ends up getting hurt. This leaves the reader in suspense wondering what is going to happen if the fire does not get lit. Continuing to read, time is starting to run out which leaves the reader wondering if the son will get to the mountains on time to save the town from breaking out in panic. Thankfully, the readers suspense is put at ease when the son makes it to the top of the mountain. The second reason I enjoyed reading this book is for the topic that pushes readers to think deep. The son is put in the position where it is riding on him to help his town out since his father cannot. He acts brave and mature in a time of need at such a young age. This makes readers think about a time where they might have had to be brave in a moment when they were afraid. The big idea in this book is about being brave in a moment that seems impossible. With bravery and heart, you can accomplish anything, and this is seen when the son climbs the mountain to help his town in a time of need. Even when you seem small and scared, you can be big and brave. ( )
  AmandaRosa | Sep 29, 2017 |
The Firekeeper's Son is about a family who lives amongst the King, in a village in Korea. Every night each fire keeper would travel to a hill to light the fire. Each fire represented safety because if one fire was lit, then the next one would be lit and so on. This was a way to show the king that the people of the town were safe and sound. If the fire was not lit, the King knew their was trouble and it was needed to call the soldiers. I liked this book for multiple reasons. It demonstrates the important of cultural tradition by showing the boy becoming a fire keeper like his father. The story also gives children the perspective of the Korean Culture through a children's eyes. The message of the story is clear but it allows children to put their own perspective or experience to it. The illustrations of the book are very detailed and allows you to feel like you are apart of the scene. On page 10-11, the mountains are shown with each fire lit, this demonstrates peace throughout the down. The book also focusing on decision making, which is an essential skill for children to learn. Overall, I think the book is a good read and would recommend for cultural or diversity purposes. ( )
  jdanie23 | Sep 26, 2017 |
I liked this book because I thought it had a great message/ big idea and it had descriptive illustrations. Firstly, the big idea in this book was about teamwork and sticking together. Linda Sue Park showed this idea through statements such as "A fire so big it could be seen from the next mountain. Where another fire keeper saw it and lit his fire. A fire big enough to be seen from the next mountain. Where a third fire keeper saw it. And lit his fire." This quote shows how the towns worked together to show the king through fire that everyone in their town was safe. Secondly, the illustrations by Julie Downing were a great aid for understanding the content of the book. For example, the illustration for the previously stated quote was of three mountains with a fire on top of each one. The illustrations also did a good job of showing the characters emotions. Sang-hee and his mother looked into the distance with a worried look in the illustration while the text stated "something is wrong- there is no trouble from the sea, and the fire must be lit." It is helpful for the reader to see illustrations and text that match while also showing emotion especially for readers who do not read the written language. ( )
  ldeale1 | Sep 15, 2017 |
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This recorded book was narrated by Norm Lee. It tells the story of Sang-hee, a Korean boy whose father is responsible for lighting the village bonfire that signals to other villages and to the King that there is no danger coming from the sea. One evening, Sang-hee notices that the fire is not lit. He runs to his father to find out what happened and discovers that his father is hurt. It becomes Sang-hee's responsibility to light the fire in his father's absence.

Although originally a picture book, the narrative of the story is enough to paint a picture in the listener's mind. The way the author describes the lighting of the first fire that signals the lighting of the second fire that signals the lighting of the third fire and so on, and the description of Sang-hee seeing images of battling soldiers in the fire is very vivid. The narration of the audio book reader does nothing to add to or detract from the story. There is no strongly noticeable change in voice between the three characters who speak throughout the story. However, the narrator is clear and appropriately paced.

If you enjoy this book, you may also like "Tiki Tiki Tembo" by Arlene Mosel, about a Chinese boy who falls down a well.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618133372, Hardcover)

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. 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:53 -0400)

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In eighteenth-century Korea, after Sang-hee's father injures his ankle, Sang-hee attempts to take over the task of lighting the evening fire which signals to the palace that all is well.

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