Saba: Under the Hyena's Foot is a book in the Girls of Many Lands series relating to Saba. It was released in 2003 and available with the doll and separately, but retired with the collection in 2005.


See Characters in Saba: Under the Hyena's Foot

Chapter-by-Chapter Summary

Chapter One: Fear and Disaster

Chapter Two: A Fierce Longing

Chapter Three: Fire in the Night

Chapter Four: Call of the Honey Bird

Chapter Five: Lion Creatures

Chapter Six: Escape

Chapter Seven: The Giant's Compound

Chapter Eight: In the Walking Dream

Chapter Nine: Angel Voices

Chapter Ten: Hope of the Great

Chapter Eleven: Needles and Cloves, Dates and Silks

Chapter Twelve: At the Top of Fasil Gemb

Chapter Thirteen: The Hyena's Foot

Chapter Fourteen: Wax and Gold

Chapter Fifteen: Horror

Chapter Sixteen: The Kosso Seller's Son

Chapter Seventeen: Spiders Unite

Chapter Eighteen: Caught Between Saytan's Teeth

Chapter Nineteen: Song of the Dawn Singers

Chapter Twenty: Riding the Soulless Horse

Then and Now: Ethiopia

Discusses a girl's life in 1846 Ethiopia. Topics include:

  • Why a peasant childhood was often brief and dangerous.
  • Other problems peasants faced, including the slave trade.
  • Life in the palaces of Gondar.
  • Clothing a girl would have worn.
  • The city of Gondar and the different ethnic groups who lived there.
  • Christianity in Ethiopia and it's importance.
  • Education and marriage in Saba's time.
  • The King of Kings and the "Age of Judges."
  • How Kassa--later Tewodros II of Ethiopia--ended the power struggle and the Age of Judges.
  • Modern Life in Ethiopia.

Glossary of Amharic Words

Saba's Ribbon

In each Girls of Many Lands book, each main character has a ribbon. This is shown in black and white as a border at the top of the page of every chapter. In the Then and Now: A Girl's Life page, the ribbon is shown in color. Each ribbon reflects the culture of the country represented in the book.


Saba's ribbon is two red stripes with a yellow stripe in between. A diamond pattern in the contrasting color is woven in each stripe.

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