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Sacred Mountain: Everest

By Christine Taylor-Butler


Mount Everest—a place of mystery, majesty, and unparalleled beauty—rises into the sky higher than any other mountain on Earth. Many stories have been told about the dangers and triumphs of climbing to the summit; but few have been written about the Sherpa, the people who have lived on the mountain for centuries and consider it sacred.

Known for their bravery, strength, and skill in navigating the mountain’s treacherous slopes, Sherpas have played a crucial role in Mount Everest’s exploration since the 1920s. In recent years, however, increasing tourism has threatened the mountain’s fragile ecosystem. The Sherpa now face the challenge of restoring and protecting this sacred mountain for their future and for the world.

With stunning photographs and engaging text, Sacred Mountain presents a unique picture of Mount Everest—its history, its ecology, and especially its people—that will captivate readers of all ages.

Teacher's Guide

Best Children's Books of the Year
Bank Street College of Education

Best Books of the Year
Nebraska Library Association

Best Children's Books of the Year
Barnes & Noble Review

Walter Williams Major Work Award
Missouri Writers' Guild

Society of Midland Authors Award, Juvenile Nonfiction

Interest Level
Grades 2 - 7
Reading Level
Grades 4 and up
Asian/Asian American Interest, Cultural diversity, Environment/Nature, Family Traditions, Religion/Spiritual, Nonfiction
About the Creators

Christine Taylor-Butler has written more than sixty books for children, including biographies, state histories, and several science and fiction series. She is also the author of the award-winning Sacred Mountain, published by Lee & Low Books. An avid reader since she was a child, Taylor-Butler believes that for many children books are their introduction to the vast diversity on our planet. Taylor-Butler is a past president of the Missouri Writers Guild, sits on the board of their children’s literature chapter, and is a member of the MIT Regional Educational Council. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband and their two daughters. Visit her online at ChristinTaylorButler.com.

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