The Distant Fire

Watch the Story...

Basic telling

To pay a doctor to care for his sick mother, 6-year-old Abel accepts a challenge to spend a night atop a mountain with no short or fire to keep him warm. Will the distant support of his friend Hakim help him win the prize?

In this "Back to School Special: Covid-19 Edition", let your young learners experience just how valuable collaboration can be—even at a time of social distancing.


Once they've watched this telling of the story, let them watch the enhanced version below to compare them – and see how many new words they can already understand without needing to use a dictionary...!

Enhanced telling

Guest storyteller Usifu Jalloh, the "Cowfoot Prince", rockets into Epic Tales Online on his magical flying peanut to share a story from his homeland of Sierra Leone! After your children have listened to this telling of the story, can they pick out the similarities and differences between the two versions?

Also see if they can guess the meaning of the words and phrases below – including some from Usifu's native land of Sierra Leone!


And afterwards, encourage them to try using these words in their writing for their grown-ups and teachers – or even in the Epic Challenge below...!

"Granat Kanda"
"a storm brewing"
"Keneoro kankan"
"Eh mo direhno ro kankan somrabai"
This story's Epic Challenge!

In this Epic Challenge, we ask your young learners to help Hakim by designing invitations to his cake shop. Share this video with your children for some ideas to get them started, then send their creations to us for their chance to get a mention in our next #EpicSharingShpecial...!

Sharing Shpecial!

Every weekend, we post a bonus video featuring your responses to our stories, your own stories, your attempts at our Epic Challenges, and more!


In this week's "Sharing Shpecial", Chip revealed Hakim's plan to ensure a fair result for Abel...

Even more story resources...


Click the podcast link below to stream or download an audio telling of the story – available from 4pm on Monday 8th June.

For grown-ups

Click the podcast link below to stream or download a discussion between our storytellers and some creative teachers and parents, to discover this story's links to the National Curriculum – along with easy and fun ways to explore those links with your children. Available from 4pm on Monday 8th June.

Click the link below to download a written version of the story to read.

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