Author Showcase: Pemba Sherpa
By Bob Lemstrom-Sheedy
Published: October 22, 2009
Author Showcase: A place for authors and illustrators to gain visibility for their works.*
Reading Level: Ages 7 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Odyssey Books (October 2009)
In a Sherpa village in the foothills of Nepal’s Himalayas, seven year old Yang Ki wants to haul wood like her brother so she will grow strong enough to be a porter. “I want to talk to people on the trail and learn to speak English, and then I can be a guide”. But “girls can’t be guides,” her brother tells her. Yang Li, however, is very determined, and her resolve and bravery when she rescues her brother who is caught in a landslide, changes his perception of what girls can do.
Author Olga Cossi, who has visited Nepal and met with Sherpa school children, introduces the reader to life in the Tibetan mountains and explores the universal relationship between brother and sister, while Gary Bernard’s artwork evokes the mist-covered mountaintops and strong winds of the Himalayas in this beautifully rendered and memorable story.
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