Pemba Sherpa

Author: Olga Cossi
Illustrator: Gary Bernard
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-9768655-8-2
Pages: 32
Price: $15.95

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Kang Yi is only seven years old and a girl. But although her culture forbids her to be a Sherpa – a porter and guide through the Himilayas – that’s what she wants to do more than anything else.

Her brother, Pemba Sherpa, must go down the mountain every day to carry firewood up to his schoolroom so they can have heat for their classes. But one day she follows him down, determined to carry wood, too. What happens on the path that day changes both of their lives forever.

Pemba Sherpa was dedicated to Pemba Doma Sherpa, the first Nepali woman to summit Mount Everest via the North Face. It shows the courage even a young girl can have in the face of adversity, and how she can rise above her cultural limitations. Beautiful watercolor drawings accompany this delightful and inspiring story.

Reviewer: Alice Berger