The Firekeeper's Son: Illustrated By Julie Downing by Linda Sue ParkThe Firekeeper's Son: Illustrated By Julie Downing by Linda Sue Park

The Firekeeper's Son: Illustrated By Julie Downing

byLinda Sue ParkIllustratorJulie Downing

Paperback | April 1, 2009

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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.
Julie Downing has written and/or illustrated over 30 picture books. For Clarion, she has illustrated The Firekeeper's Son by Linda Sue Park, among others. Her books have received a Parents' Choice Award and a New York Public Library Best Books Award. She lives in San Francisco, California. For more information visit
Title:The Firekeeper's Son: Illustrated By Julie DowningFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9 × 10.25 × 0.16 inPublished:April 1, 2009Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547237693

ISBN - 13:9780547237695

Appropriate for ages: 4


Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Firekeeper's Son by Linda Sue Park, Julie Downing The Firekeeper’s Son by Linda Sue Park is about a little boy living in Korea during the 1800’s. Sang-hee (the protagonist) watches his Dad light the fire that will let the King know that they are safe from intruders. If the fire does not get lit, then the King would send out the soldiers to save the people from harm. One night, Sang-hee’s father is hurt and can’t light the fire. Therefore, it is up to Sang-hee to take on the responsibility of lighting the fire to communicate with the King’s soldiers. The little boy struggles with his strong desire to see the soldiers with their amazing force, or do what is right by lighting the fire.
Date published: 2017-12-15

Editorial Reviews

"handsome, watercolor-and-pastel double-page pictures personalize the history...panoramic the boy tends the flame that preserves peace" BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA"a tale rooted in...history...watercolor illustrations glow with vibrancy... especially striking...A lovely telling that will bring readers back" KIRKUS REVIEWS Kirkus Reviews"Suspenseful...Assured, empathetic storytelling involves readers in Sang-hee's inner conflict...Downing amplifies the tension with dramatically composed watercolor-and-pastel illustrations ...fascinating" PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review Publishers Weekly, Starred"An attractive celebration of unity, peace, and family heritage, Sang-hee's story also, power, and responsibility." THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"...compelling...Lyrical prose... Children will be intrigued...caught up in the riveting dilemma, and satisfied by the resolution." School Library Journal