Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky

Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky


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Sun and his wife, the moon, lived on Earth and built a large house so that the water people could visit. But so many poured in that they were forced to move to the sky.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395539637
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/30/1990
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 474,704
Product dimensions: 8.81(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.11(d)
Lexile: 570L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Elphinstone Dayrell (1869-1917) is also the author of Folk Stories from Southern Nigeria and Folk Stories from Southern Nigeria, West Africa

Blair Lent (1930-2009) won the 1973 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration (The Funny Little Woman by Arlene Mosel). 

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Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
HayleeKai on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an african tale of how the elements came to inhabit certain places on Earth. The Sun really wants his friend Water to come and visit; however, Sun's house is too small. So, Sun builds a bigger house. Sadly, the house is still not big enough so Sun, and his wife Moon are forced into the air, while Water flows all around.
Brooke28 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has excellent pictures. Caldecott Winner! It is about how the moon and the sun now live the the sky. The sun tried very hard to please the moon and eventually the two rose up the live in the sky.
juju1220 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a tale about the relationship between the sun, water and the moon and why the sun and the moon live in the sky. I thought the story was imaginative and had good simplistic illustrations. It also demonstrated the culture from which the story was created from Southern Nigeria.
barnes08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is an African folktale about the sun and the moon, and how they came to live in the sky. The sun always went to the water¿s house to visit him. The sun wondered why water would never come visit him at his house. Water said ¿with his people he would drive the sun out¿. The sun said ¿I¿ll build my house bigger¿. The sun then built a bigger house. Finally, water and his people came and visit the sun. More and more water people came to the suns house. Eventually, so many people came that the sun and his wife the moon had go to the roof. More water people came, which made the sun and moon forced into the sky. As a child I loved this book. Not until I was looking for a multicultural book did I know it was an African folktale. I think now, I like the story even more. As a child I loved the pictures in the book. I don¿t remember reading many multicultural books as a child. I¿m glad to know one of my favorite books is a multicultural. I would, first before reading the story, talk about African folktales and the history of African tribes. I would discuss the pictures in the story. I believe the pictures make up a big part of the story. Older elementary child discuss why it was nominated as a Caldecott Honor. Younger students we could draw a picture of the sun and moon in the sky. Also talk about, why it¿s good that sun and moon live in the sky, like the light they bring. Maybe find other multicultural book and have a week talking about other cultures.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
*Lovely West African tale. *Enlightening. *Educational. *Informative. *Would be wonderful for read-aloud time or storybook time. *A nice bedtime tale. *An entertaining work of fiction for young learners and young readers.