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THE FIREKEEPER'S SON
New York : Clarion, 2004.
IL K-3, RL 4.2
the early 19th century, there were few ways to communicate over long distances
in Korea. There were no telephones, no Internet, no television.
But, the Korean people developed a unique way to communicate that all was
well in the country. Each evening, the firekeeper of the village
would climb up to the top of the mountain and light a signal fire.
This fire could be seen by the next firekeeper who would then light his
fire. And this would continue right to the palace. If there
was danger, the fire would not be lit and the soldiers would be sent to
see what the problem was. One night, Sang-hee's father did not light
the fire. He had hurt his ankle and could not get to the fire.
It was now up to Sang-hee to climb to the top and light the fire.
But Sang-hee longed to see the soldiers and he thought about not lighting
the fire so that he could. What would you do?
Signals and signaling -- Fiction.
Fire -- Fiction.
Korea -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
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