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Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky Paperback – April 30, 1990

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Striking primitive illustrations aid in the retelling of this African folktale about the consequences of an overwhelming visit from Water and his people. Ages 4-8.
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"An African folktale is interpreted with originality and harmony." Booklist, ALA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 30, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395539633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395539637
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The Sun often visits the Water, who has a very large house. Once, during a visit, the Water asks the Sun why he never visits the Sun at his home. The Sun replies that his home is to small for the Water. The Water asks if the Sun will make his house larger so he and all the water people can visit, so the Sun does.
He, along with his wife, the Moon, make his house larger. The Water people do visit one day, and the new,larger house is so crowded that the Sun and the Moon have to go in the sky, where they have stayed since.
What I have written in this review may be more than in the whole book. Strange, huh?
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Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky is a great book. The Sun and the Water are great friends. The Sun always went to the Water�s house but Water never went to the Sun�s house. So then the water said ok, but he said you must build a large house. I have so much people they will take up a lot of room. So the Sun went home and built a large house. He went home and saw his wife the Moon so she helped him build a bigger house. When it was done Water came. One of the Water�s friends said is it safe for Water to come in. The Sun said yes so Water flowed in and so did the animals. Soon Water was knee deep so more of the Water�s friends came in so they over flowed. So that cause the Sun and the Moon to float into the sky.
The book�s message is to be a good friend and keep your promises. If you�re a good friend you will get good friends. If you keep your promise and if you ask some one to keep a promise they will probably keep it.
My opinion about this book is that it�s a great book. My
favorite part of the book is when the house over flows and the sun and the moon flow up to the sky. It�s my favorite part because it�s funny. I would recommend this book to you because it�s a great book.
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Format: Paperback
An old creation folk tale. It was old when the author was told and later put in a 1910 book. In 1968 Blair Lent did new illustration and this is the 1991 printing. Elephinstone Dayrell is the person who put folk tale into book form. The illustrations are marvelous in that everything wears African masks. Sun built a house that could not accommodate all of the sea and inhabitants. as with many legends the sun and moon are husband and wife. Moon is always female. When the water and inhabitants filled the house to overflowing sun and moon moved to the sky permanently.
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By Elphinstone Dayrell (Scholastic Inc., 1968)
Illustrated By Blair Lent

This is an African folktale about how the sun and moon came to live up in the sky. Dayrell captured the friendship and generosity of the Sun, the Moon, and the Water perfectly. The African influenced illustrations are beautiful and intricate. This book is a Caldecott Honor Book and children will find it a delight to read or be read to.
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This african folklore has won the "Caldecott Honor Book". As you read it, it's not surprising. A short book with interesting, fun art. Easy for even young children to understand.

My grandchildren loved this book.
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My grandkids love this book!! It is a delightful little tale, and they request it often. I will keep it on my list of gifts for other children. Makes a great gift.
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