Why the Sun & Moon Live in the Sky

Niki Daly

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Synopsis: There was once a time when Sun and Moon lived on the earth--but that was before the rapturous Sun invited the never-ending Sea to visit in this playful version of an eastern Nigerian (Ibibio) creation myth. "This delightful story is outfitted in humor, a mock seriousness, and drama....A wondrous and alluring work."--Kirkus Reviews.

From School Library Journal: Grade 2-4?Daly bases his retelling on a legend told by Elphinstone Dayrell in Folk Stories from Southern Nigeria West Africa, (Green & Co., 1910; o.p.). The social customs of the Ibibio tribe are manifested in the tale of the Sun's insistent invitation to the Sea to come visit his home in order to return her hospitality. When the Sea arrives, with all her children in tow, the Sun and Moon, flooded out of their house, are forced to live in the sky. Daly's version is more sophisticated than the original; his Moon is a materialistic wife who, annoyed with her husband's foolishness, flees to "the dark side of time, where Sun and Moon never meet." Framed cartoonlike watercolor illustrations in shades of blue, brown, and rust on cream-colored backgrounds show indications of the Earth's beginning (a rainbow with dove and hands reaching from the sky, a large egg hatching, a dinosaur feeding at a tree) mingled with details reminiscent of the Renaissance period in the Sun's house. Blair Lent's illustrated edition of the original Dayrell tale (Houghton, 1990) is a more authentic representation of Nigerian folklore with illustrations indicative of African culture.?Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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