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The sky was once so close to the Earth that people cut parts of it to eat, but their waste and greed caused the sky to move far away.


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The sky was once so close to the Earth that people cut parts of it to eat, but their waste and greed caused the sky to move far away.

30 review for Why The Sky Is Far Away: A Nigerian Folktale

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stephen McKinney

    “Why The Sky is Far Away” is an exceptional Nigerian folktale retold by Mary-Joan Gerson and illustrated by Carla Golembe. Awarded “Best Illustrated Childrens’s Book” by The New York Times Book Review, the story tells a story of consumption and waste, and why these two things are so detrimental. The folktale begins with the sky being extremely close to the ground—people don’t farm or hunt, they simply reach out into the sky and grab what they want to eat. The story proceeds and people begin to g “Why The Sky is Far Away” is an exceptional Nigerian folktale retold by Mary-Joan Gerson and illustrated by Carla Golembe. Awarded “Best Illustrated Childrens’s Book” by The New York Times Book Review, the story tells a story of consumption and waste, and why these two things are so detrimental. The folktale begins with the sky being extremely close to the ground—people don’t farm or hunt, they simply reach out into the sky and grab what they want to eat. The story proceeds and people begin to grab more than they can eat, and disposing of the rest into garbage heaps. They sky does not appreciate this, and warns the king, ‘Oba’ to be careful about his people’s waste. Oba sends out a message to villages far and near to be cautious about how much they are taking the sky. After the festival of Oba, a celebration in which people dance and eat and praise their king, a woman named Adese grabs a piece of meat stew and begins to eat. Since she had already eaten at the festival, she cannot finish her meat stew and begs her husband, children, and other villagers to help her finish the piece of food. Everyone is stuffed, so she decides, “What does it matter? One more piece of sky on a rubbish heap?” At this moment, the sky erupts in lighting and moves far, far away. At the end, the sky booms, “You must learn how to plow the land and gather crops and hunt in the forests.” This story is incredibly illustrated—full of colors and drawings of the people of Nigeria. I would list “Why The Sky is Far Away” at a second-fourth grade level for read aloud. The themes, sentence and word complexity, and subject/cultural background complexity make it a good choice for advanced 2-4 grade level students. You could use this book in a cross-curriculum lesson involving science (the environment.) This book is the epitome of consumption/waste and what could happen (on a large scale) if we continue to use more than we need. After reading this story, you can discuss the culture of Nigeria AND have students research ways in which they as individuals and as a community can prevent excess waste. You could use this story as the lesson-hook for a field trip to a recycling plant! It is an incredible story that teaches an incredible lesson.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Chlarson

    This was a beautiful and rather insightful folktale from the Nigerian culture. I loved reading this story and I absolutely loved the message/moral it carried. The book taught children the importance of caring for the earth and that the earth offers many gifts that we should not destroy. By teaching children the importance of taking care of the environment early teachers will generate a generation of children who want to preserve the earth. I liked how the tale diverged from the traditional folkt This was a beautiful and rather insightful folktale from the Nigerian culture. I loved reading this story and I absolutely loved the message/moral it carried. The book taught children the importance of caring for the earth and that the earth offers many gifts that we should not destroy. By teaching children the importance of taking care of the environment early teachers will generate a generation of children who want to preserve the earth. I liked how the tale diverged from the traditional folktale and did not wait until the end of the book to acknowledge the lesson taught, instead it incorporated it throughout the entirety of the story. This book won the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Award and it is easy to see why, the use of collages and oil pastels in the illustrations are breathtaking. I liked the bright colors and the way the illustrations looked like they were hand drawn, not digitally printed. The colors would keep children interested in the story, which is important! The story had traditional genre characteristics, in that it had good and bad characters that children could recognize: the good leader, Oba, who wanted to protect the earth, and the bad, selfish, earth ruiner, Adese. It explained how people in Nigeria began to farm, by saying the sky would no longer provide for the people, so they had to begin raising their own crops to eat. I liked that it diverged away from using animals because I feel like a lot of folktales utilize them as characters. I also liked that the book wasn't "white washed" it would add diversity to the classroom library. There wasn't anything that I disliked about this story. I read this book aloud to my roommates because I liked the message and the illustrations, so I can guess that it would be a fun one to read aloud to elementary students. According to this book the story is over 500 years old, so I wondered if Nigerian people still have the same amount of respect and value for the earth? I also wanted to know if this would be an appropriate book for an introduction to the environment and science units for elementary classrooms? I will be adding this to my own collection!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Crissy

    Why the Sky is Far Away is a Nigerian Folktale for children aged 3 to 6. It tells the story of what things used to be like: the sky was close, and you could eat it, it provided all the food people needed. It got angry however, because people would take more than they could it, and throw the rest on the ground. So the sky threatened that if people did not cherish the gift of the sky, it would go away. I remember seeing this story acted out in a play when I was in elementary school. I really enjoy Why the Sky is Far Away is a Nigerian Folktale for children aged 3 to 6. It tells the story of what things used to be like: the sky was close, and you could eat it, it provided all the food people needed. It got angry however, because people would take more than they could it, and throw the rest on the ground. So the sky threatened that if people did not cherish the gift of the sky, it would go away. I remember seeing this story acted out in a play when I was in elementary school. I really enjoyed reading it as an adult, and rate it with 3 stars. I had never read the story, and it is very good. The words are easy to understand, the plot is simple and straightforward. It presents a valuable lesson about being wasteful, and about being thankful for the gifts we are given by our Earth. Though we cannot actually eat the sky, we are blessed with many other gifts in nature, and being sustainable and not wasteful is important. There is also a very strong message of overindulgence and greed in this story. Once the sky gives its warning, everyone obeys for quite a while. It is one person who is known for being insatiable, who takes a piece of sky and cannot eat it. Though she tries to find others to eat it, she cannot, and so buries it in her own garbage. It is at that moment that the sky retreats away from the earth, and the people are “punished” with the task of plowing, planting and growing their own food. The pictures in this story are beautiful and full of color, and reflect the origin of the story. I think they would be very captivating to a young audience.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Crimson Barker

    This book stood out to me based on the cover but also the title being a question made me want to figure out the answer. This folklore discusses something that start out as what we would think to be impossible. Eating and drinking anything straight from the sky sounds crazy, which seems to be what a lot of folklores have a certain aspect of almost wonder. But then incorporates real life themes that you can pick up throughout. And with this book some that even pertain to our lives today. One of th This book stood out to me based on the cover but also the title being a question made me want to figure out the answer. This folklore discusses something that start out as what we would think to be impossible. Eating and drinking anything straight from the sky sounds crazy, which seems to be what a lot of folklores have a certain aspect of almost wonder. But then incorporates real life themes that you can pick up throughout. And with this book some that even pertain to our lives today. One of those themes being that we need to take care of the earth. This is a Nigerian folklore that was probably a story passed down from generation to generation and finally written down in this book. If the ideas weren’t important, they wouldn’t be passed down, but most likely forgotten. I would want to use, maybe not this book specifically, but one or multiple books like this one. For multiple reasons, the aspect of teaching students about different traditions and customs in other cultures. But to also have the students be able to read a book like this one and try to pick up the inner working themes that the author is trying to show.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tara Geske

    I enjoyed this book for a couple of reasons. One reason was that the pictures in this book were absolutely beautiful! Carla Golembe picked the brightest and most beautiful colors, which I am sure all the little kids would love. Also, another reason I like this book is because it teaches the children a very valuable lesson. The earth is a gift and we need to not take advantage of it and all of its gifts. The people of this story were very wasteful of the sky, and because of their lack of gratitud I enjoyed this book for a couple of reasons. One reason was that the pictures in this book were absolutely beautiful! Carla Golembe picked the brightest and most beautiful colors, which I am sure all the little kids would love. Also, another reason I like this book is because it teaches the children a very valuable lesson. The earth is a gift and we need to not take advantage of it and all of its gifts. The people of this story were very wasteful of the sky, and because of their lack of gratitude for the sky, the sky took itself away from them because they did not deserve the wonderful gifts it had to offer. This is a great book to read to children, especially today when saving the environment is forefront in a lot of news stories. Teaching kids to love and take care of the earth at a young age will help their generation to think more about saving this beautiful world.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Edna Gonzalez

    Beautiful Nigerian Folktale. I fell in love with this story. Illustrations are bright and vivid that captured my eyes immediately. I love how the high words are highlighted throughout the book and on the pages, it has the highlighted word with its definition. Works fabulously when teaching students to expand their vocabulary. The story begins with the narrator saying that at the beginning the earth and the sky were so close to each other that people could reach it and get pieces of it. People wo Beautiful Nigerian Folktale. I fell in love with this story. Illustrations are bright and vivid that captured my eyes immediately. I love how the high words are highlighted throughout the book and on the pages, it has the highlighted word with its definition. Works fabulously when teaching students to expand their vocabulary. The story begins with the narrator saying that at the beginning the earth and the sky were so close to each other that people could reach it and get pieces of it. People would cut out pieces of the sky included King Oba. People did not need to work to get their food, all they had to do was cut out pieces of the sky and shape them into whatever they wanted. They became so wasteful that the Sky gets mad and threatens them with a problem if they continue to be wasteful with their food. They obeyed for a couple of days but when King Oba did a feast, they all got wasteful once again. The sky got mad and there was thunder, lightning, and the people had to work for their food after that day. Lesson learned from the people. We have many times done things that for instance someone close to us tells us not to do because they won't be good for us. Nor bring anything positive to us. But we still do those things and we face consequences. We really need to obey and listen for our own good.

  7. 5 out of 5

    SABRINA HARRISON

    “Why the Sky is Far Away” is a Nigerian folklore, children range in ages 4-8 would be able to read this book. This book talks of the Nigerian Culture and how they enjoyed, spending their time weaving beautiful cloth, carving handsome statues, and retelling tales of adventure and till one day everything changed due to waste, and lack warnings from the Sky. I rated the book as so due in part to the plot the plot tells the story of a how we go from enjoying the fruits of the earth, our mere needs b “Why the Sky is Far Away” is a Nigerian folklore, children range in ages 4-8 would be able to read this book. This book talks of the Nigerian Culture and how they enjoyed, spending their time weaving beautiful cloth, carving handsome statues, and retelling tales of adventure and till one day everything changed due to waste, and lack warnings from the Sky. I rated the book as so due in part to the plot the plot tells the story of a how we go from enjoying the fruits of the earth, our mere needs being provided for us to taking advantage of these privileges and becoming wasteful to the point that we must begin to work for everything we need to survive. The characters and the theme in the book tie the story all together the characters in the book are warned by the Oba that they have become very wasteful and the sky is growing weary of their bad habits. The use of language illustrations and color is excellent as it stands to truly capture the essence of the Nigerian culture. The use of color truly embraces the native customs of Nigerian. I believe this book would appeal to young readers as it is a part of history with a twist. This book can be used to expand the children’s perceptions and ideas regarding each other cultures.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kiarra

    "Why The Sky is Far Away: A Nigerian Folktale" is a short story that conveys a powerful message and encourages the reader to consider important issues. This is a story about a village that has the ability to crack and eat bits of the sky. The sky in this picture book has the ability to communicate and convey emotions. The villagers were greedy and took advantage of their good fortune, but the sky warned them that if another piece of food was thrown away, it would go away forever. However, the sk "Why The Sky is Far Away: A Nigerian Folktale" is a short story that conveys a powerful message and encourages the reader to consider important issues. This is a story about a village that has the ability to crack and eat bits of the sky. The sky in this picture book has the ability to communicate and convey emotions. The villagers were greedy and took advantage of their good fortune, but the sky warned them that if another piece of food was thrown away, it would go away forever. However, the sky was once again squandered because one woman was too full to eat what she had pulled from the sky. As a result, the sky left after instructing the villages, "You must learn how to plow the land, gather crops, and hunt in the forests." Readers will be able to examine this storyline from a variety of angles. One of them is that working hard for one's possessions teaches one to value them more. “The future of nature and its gifts lie in our own hands,” says a quote from this book. The text and the unique illustrations work together to tell this beautiful folk tale that has been passed down over the generations, but whose message is still relevant for our children today: that is to say, people are responsible for wisely using the Earth's resources.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sydney Nelson

    Why the Sky is Far Away is in the Traditional Literature genre because it is a fantastic story on the importance of caring for nature that was passed through word of mouth for at least 500 years before being “retold” by author, Mary-Joan Gerson. This is a Nigerian tale of why people started to cultivate land and use nature for resources. In the beginning, readers learn the sky used to be so close that anyone, even children, could reach up and take a chunk to eat. People began abusing that power, Why the Sky is Far Away is in the Traditional Literature genre because it is a fantastic story on the importance of caring for nature that was passed through word of mouth for at least 500 years before being “retold” by author, Mary-Joan Gerson. This is a Nigerian tale of why people started to cultivate land and use nature for resources. In the beginning, readers learn the sky used to be so close that anyone, even children, could reach up and take a chunk to eat. People began abusing that power, and much of the sky went to waste in piles on the ground, so the sky gave a warning that if people continued to take more than necessary, it wouldn’t always be there. All people were warned, but one night, the greed of one woman caused the sky to leave the people. The people then had to grow their own food, knowing the responsibility of taking care of “the gifts of nature” was now in their hands, as it is today. I would recommend this book because I believe the story and message held within is very important. It also is a tale from a culture different than my own, which I see as very interesting and awesome to learn about.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emily Newcomer

    I personally think this would a great addition to any classroom. It's always a good time to talk about different cultures with our young students. It's also a book that I think would have no problem capturing the attention of a room full of kids of any age. The illustrations are bright and lovely and overall it's just a good story with a good message. Definitely a book that could lead to a lot of great classroom discussion about how we can take care of the earth and why it's important to do so. I personally think this would a great addition to any classroom. It's always a good time to talk about different cultures with our young students. It's also a book that I think would have no problem capturing the attention of a room full of kids of any age. The illustrations are bright and lovely and overall it's just a good story with a good message. Definitely a book that could lead to a lot of great classroom discussion about how we can take care of the earth and why it's important to do so. Could maybe even talk a little bit about how we are privileged to live in a country where if we get hungry all we have to do is go to the grocery store instead of doing hard labor in a field. There are so many possibilities with this folktale.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dave Anderson

    Reading level: 4.5 Summary: This is a Nigerian folktale about a tribe of people who learn to be respectful of the Earth, and not be wasteful. Characteristics that support the genre: Classic Nigerian folktale approximately 500 years old. Writing traits: Presentation: This book is told with a lesson, that the people should learn to take only what they need from the Earth, and to not waste its resources. Organization: This book is organized with large colorful drawings, some of them both full pages w Reading level: 4.5 Summary: This is a Nigerian folktale about a tribe of people who learn to be respectful of the Earth, and not be wasteful. Characteristics that support the genre: Classic Nigerian folktale approximately 500 years old. Writing traits: Presentation: This book is told with a lesson, that the people should learn to take only what they need from the Earth, and to not waste its resources. Organization: This book is organized with large colorful drawings, some of them both full pages with no text. The characters wear very colorful clothing. Classroom Integration: This book could be presented along with a lesson to go along with Earth Day, or a lesson about others cultures.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rivka

    "Why the Sky is Far Away" by Mary-Joan Gerson is a Nigerian folk-tale meant for children between ages 4-6. it is about a land where no one had to work for their food, they just had to reach up to the sky and eat a piece of it. However, people were wasting the sky and throwing it away, so the privilege of eating from the sky was taken away and the people had to learn how to work for their food. this tale is valuable. it teaches children not to waste what they are given and to not take advantage o "Why the Sky is Far Away" by Mary-Joan Gerson is a Nigerian folk-tale meant for children between ages 4-6. it is about a land where no one had to work for their food, they just had to reach up to the sky and eat a piece of it. However, people were wasting the sky and throwing it away, so the privilege of eating from the sky was taken away and the people had to learn how to work for their food. this tale is valuable. it teaches children not to waste what they are given and to not take advantage of it either. I think this lesson is important and engrains an awareness in its readers. I downloaded this book as an audiobook and I'm glad I did. hearing the words through different voices and having cultural background music really helped me envision the story, creating a wonderful experience.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dain

    The wonderful author's note at the end of this story mentions how wise the Bini (a tribe in Nigeria) were 500 years ago when teaching the lesson of this story to their children, which is at least how old this story is! The future of our earth's resources is in our hands and we must conserve it. Really? They didn't even need a panel of scientists to weigh in on that? Amazing. A perfect example why the tradition of storytelling and passing it down through the ages is so important. This is short, e The wonderful author's note at the end of this story mentions how wise the Bini (a tribe in Nigeria) were 500 years ago when teaching the lesson of this story to their children, which is at least how old this story is! The future of our earth's resources is in our hands and we must conserve it. Really? They didn't even need a panel of scientists to weigh in on that? Amazing. A perfect example why the tradition of storytelling and passing it down through the ages is so important. This is short, easy to remember and would make a great contender for a storytelling assignment. Beautiful illustrations are done in Nigerian folk art style to accompany this lovely story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Annie ⚜️

    Admittedly, I judged a book by its cover but was pleasantly surprised. I didn't have high expectations based on the simple cover but my son and I really enjoyed looking at the illustrations and reading this tale. There are pages where there are no words and the pictures illustrate something we just read so we were able to sit and look and discuss what we'd just scene and read. At the end, my son had questions about the story which to me is a great sign. I was able to use the tale to teach about Admittedly, I judged a book by its cover but was pleasantly surprised. I didn't have high expectations based on the simple cover but my son and I really enjoyed looking at the illustrations and reading this tale. There are pages where there are no words and the pictures illustrate something we just read so we were able to sit and look and discuss what we'd just scene and read. At the end, my son had questions about the story which to me is a great sign. I was able to use the tale to teach about respecting the earth!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Myka Ellenwood

    Genre: Traditional Fiction Grade Level: K-2 I enjoyed this book. I thought it was an interesting folk tale and gave some good insight to a different culture. There are some connections or similarities that can be drawn from what the Nigerian people believe and what we have been told. It is a great book to introduce different cultures to younger elementary students.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. this was a great book, it was very interesting and gave me a good view on these types of stories. I thought that the pictures were amazing it really illustrates what the book is trying to say. This book was the best illustrated children book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    An entertaining and thoughtful reminder about how to treat the Earth and not take things for granted. *NOTE TO SELF: During a Fairytale themed story time, read this book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Beautiful illustrations and a compelling folktale story

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sebastian Quezada

    this website is so fu**ing dog

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alissa Parker

    Title: Why The Sky Is Far Away Author: Mary-Joan Gerson Illustrator: Carla Golembe Genre: Non-European Folktale Theme(s): Humans, Greed, Earth/Sky Opening line/sentence: In the beginning, the sky was very close to the earth. Brief Book Summary: The people in the kingdom of Oba used the sky as a source of food, so much so that they became wasteful; the sky warned that it would move far away if the people did not stop throwing it away in the garbage piles. One night after a party, a woman took too much Title: Why The Sky Is Far Away Author: Mary-Joan Gerson Illustrator: Carla Golembe Genre: Non-European Folktale Theme(s): Humans, Greed, Earth/Sky Opening line/sentence: In the beginning, the sky was very close to the earth. Brief Book Summary: The people in the kingdom of Oba used the sky as a source of food, so much so that they became wasteful; the sky warned that it would move far away if the people did not stop throwing it away in the garbage piles. One night after a party, a woman took too much of the sky to eat. Knowing the consequences of wasting the sky, she had others help her eat her piece, but she ended up burying it in the garbage bin. The sky moved far away from the people in the kingdom forcing them to learn to farm and produce their own sources of food. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Betsy Hearne (The Bulletin of the Center for Children s Books, October 1992 (Vol. 46, No. 2)) This Nigerian folktale is oral in every sense, for its primary image is an edible sky so close to the earth that people need only reach up and break a piece off for their food: "Sometimes the sky tasted like meat stew, sometimes like roasted corn, and sometimes like ripe pineapple." Free of arduous labor, the men and women can concentrate on art, weaving, and storytelling; but of course, where there is an Eden, there is an Eve-in this case a greedy woman who disobeys the sky's injunction against wasting its gifts. The sky recedes in anger, and the people must till the land and plant crops. An intriguing story to pair both with the Biblical episode of manna from heaven and with the Zuni myth of the Corn Maidens' punishment for First People's wasting food (Jerrie Oughton's How the Stars Fell into the Sky, BCCB 6/92), this is dramatically illustrated, its brilliant hues textured with finger-painting effects. Rich patterns play on a flat perspective, while the stark black figures lined with white and posed against a blue sky render the book effective for group display as well as close-up absorption. R--Recommended. (c) Copyright 1992, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1992, Joy Street/Little, 32p, $15.95. Ages 4-8 yrs. (PUBLISHER: Little Brown (Boston:), PUBLISHED: c1994.) Professional Recommendation/Review #2: Gerson, Mary-Joan and Golembe, Carla Why the Sky Is Far Away: A Nigerian Folktale 32 pp. ISBN 0-316-30852-8 (2) K-3 series. 1974, Harcourt. Exciting, brightly colored illustrations, created by a complex combination of techniques, bring new life to this 'pourquoi' tale. People used to be able to take a piece of the nearby sky to eat, but when they became wasteful, the angry sky moved upward, out of reach. Forevermore, people would need to grow their own food. A splendid contribution to the body of African folk tales. Folktales/Myths/and Legends Response to Two Professional Reviews: Both reviews provide a brief summary and the overall lesson learned from this book. I like the comparisons made in the first review to other texts, it provides readers with additional resources if they enjoyed this story. Finally, both reviews touch on the illustrations, but I feel that they fail to give them the attention that they deserve. Evaluation of Literary Elements: Greed is a major theme in this story. It is used to teach children not to take more than they need and to not be wasteful with what they do have. The style of the text and the illustrations allows readers to sense the characters feelings toward the sky. Consideration of Instructional Application: An instructional activity for this text would be to rewrite the text as a class. The class as a whole would decide on an item that they waste and then each student would write a page of the story. After the story was written, the students would add a border to their text and create a picture to go along with what they wrote using the illustrations from the text as a model.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This beautifully illustrated book has been one of my favorite stories. The illustrations are bright and colorful and really pair well with the story. This folktale is quite old, I would love to know the origins of this story and the time period in which it first appeared. This book demonstrates a very good lesson, not only for children but for everyone. It teaches us how we shouldn’t be wasteful or take advantage of the good things in our lives because before we know it they can be gone.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Lane

    Genre: Traditional Literature Grade Level: K-3 Unique Feature: This is a Nigerian folktale to a question that many kids want the answer to! Date Completed: 11-15-17

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jama Bulhan

    This book tells an important story, which is that we have to take care of our planet and we cannot be wasteful. It also shows how storytelling is important to people and that its passed down generations. This book captures a story told by the Bini tribe of Nigeria, which has existed for more than eight hundred years. It really reminds me of all the stories I use to listen to about Somali folktales and that these types of stories are things children remember. I remember coming together with my si This book tells an important story, which is that we have to take care of our planet and we cannot be wasteful. It also shows how storytelling is important to people and that its passed down generations. This book captures a story told by the Bini tribe of Nigeria, which has existed for more than eight hundred years. It really reminds me of all the stories I use to listen to about Somali folktales and that these types of stories are things children remember. I remember coming together with my siblings and cousins listening to our relatives tell us stories and how it use to make me feel. How I would pay such close attention to what they were saying. Also that these types of stories can be passed down and how I will pass down stories to my children is what makes them special. These types of stories have meaning behind it and also teaches great lessons.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ghada

    1. Awards the book has received: non 2. Appropriate grade level(s): PreK - 3 3. Original summary: The sky was so close to the Earth. the people cut parts of the sky and eat it. the sky to move far away because the people were greed. 4. Original review: It is a good book. I liked the beautiful illustrations. 5. class uses : 1-Develop students imaginations. 2- Teach the students to respect what they have and do not be greedy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bessana Kendig

    Why The Sky Is Far Away by Mary-Joan Gerson is a Nigerian Folk Tale that holds the morals to not be greedy and to respect nature. Everyone in the world eats parts of the sky for food but when they get too greedy the sky complains to their king, warning him that if his people do not change their ways the sky will go away for good. One woman cannot help herself and ruins it for everyone, so from then on all the humans have to grow their own food from nature and marvel at the sky from far, far away Why The Sky Is Far Away by Mary-Joan Gerson is a Nigerian Folk Tale that holds the morals to not be greedy and to respect nature. Everyone in the world eats parts of the sky for food but when they get too greedy the sky complains to their king, warning him that if his people do not change their ways the sky will go away for good. One woman cannot help herself and ruins it for everyone, so from then on all the humans have to grow their own food from nature and marvel at the sky from far, far away. Favorite part, "Oba! Mighty one! boomed a voice from above. Your people have not treated me with respect. Now I will leave you and move far away. But what will we eat, cried the Oba, how will we live? You must learn how to plow the land and gather crops and hunt in the forests, answered the sky, perhaps through your own labor you will learn not to waste the gifts of nature" (n.p.) This story felt very similar to a creation story. It teaches children that taking the earth for granted never ends well. The sky, which acts as a god would, is merciless and tough like a parent might be. The Sky demands the humans learn to fend for themselves or die out. The Illustrations were very vibrant and simple using solid colors that resembled kids drawings. The tone of the story was very omniscient, as though the true narrator was a god like figure even above the Sky's persona and the King Oba. I appreciated that the woman, who was greedy and made the sky give their final sentence, was not singled out and punished because it was about the collective problem the society had with taking advantage of the sky as a source of pleasure. In the classroom, this would be a great book to promote environmental friendliness and/or teaching children to recycle and compost.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Why the Sky is Far Away https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR5UJ... Synthesis The was a king named Oba, and in his kingdom people ate the sky for food whenever they wanted. They had very little work and could do other things instead like have many parties. The sky becomes angry that it is being wasted and thrown away when people cannot eat what they have taken of it. It says that if people are still wasteful, its gifts will not belong to the people of Oba any more. One woman who was never satisfied to Why the Sky is Far Away https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR5UJ... Synthesis The was a king named Oba, and in his kingdom people ate the sky for food whenever they wanted. They had very little work and could do other things instead like have many parties. The sky becomes angry that it is being wasted and thrown away when people cannot eat what they have taken of it. It says that if people are still wasteful, its gifts will not belong to the people of Oba any more. One woman who was never satisfied took a piece of the sky after a full night of eating. Too full to eat, she tries to find anyone that will finish her piece of sky but no one can eat it. She throws it away, causing the sky to move far away in response. The sky tells them they must learn how to farm and do labor to get their food now, to “learn to not waste the gifts of nature.” Use of Text in Classroom I would definitely use this text during a fable study. I would introduce what a fable was, and we would be able to grow through and identify the parts of the fable that do in fact make it a fable. We will discuss where the fable originated, and how fables are unlike many stories because they were passed down orally for a long time. You can hear the story is told in a way that provokes images in your mind, “Sometimes the sky tasted like meat stew, sometimes like roasted corn, and sometimes like ripe pineapple." This doesn’t necessarily need pictures since it didn’t for so long. Most importantly we would discuss the moral of the fable-don’t get too greedy or take more than you need. Morals are a main element that make fables. This is a WOW Book Because Why the Sky is Far Away is a WOW book for me because not only does it expose students to different genres of literature, but makes students become critical thinkers. Students know what a fable is, but they must be able to discern if they think the fable is holds any truth or not. Picking apart the fable to find what is realistic and what isn’t, what they believe happened and what did not. This is a WOW book because I believe I could make an extension lesson off of it, going into a science project/research on the sky. Then, we would be able to compare scientific fact and fables to fully appreciate fables for what they are worth.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Smith

    Summary: This book is a Nigerian Folktale about a community whose food is provided for them every day in the air. Anyone who was hungry just reached up and took a piece of sky, and it was delicious; there was meat stew and pineapple, roasted corn and watermelon. People didn't need to work hard, and they spent their time weaving and carving and playing music. They could take as much as they wanted but they must finish it before the day is over, but the people were wasteful, and the sky grew very Summary: This book is a Nigerian Folktale about a community whose food is provided for them every day in the air. Anyone who was hungry just reached up and took a piece of sky, and it was delicious; there was meat stew and pineapple, roasted corn and watermelon. People didn't need to work hard, and they spent their time weaving and carving and playing music. They could take as much as they wanted but they must finish it before the day is over, but the people were wasteful, and the sky grew very angry at being thrown in garbage dumps. He warned the great Bini king, Oba that the people must take no more than they needed. The powerful Oba sent messengers across the land with the sky's warning, and everyone was careful for a while, except for one woman who was never satisfied. The sky decided to move so far away that the people could not touch it. This is why the sky is so far away. Activity: This would be a great book to use while teaching students about negative personality traits such as greed or being greedy. The sky provided the entire community and the woman with as much food as they wanted as long as they promised not to waste it, but the woman did not listen and she continued to throw her excess food in the garbage. She was greedy and did not care about the request from the sun. Because of her waste and greed, she was no longer given the gift of food and the whole community had to suffer because of her selfish actions.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Yarworth

    Why The Sky Is Far Away is a Nigerian Folktale and it for grades second through fifth grade. This book won a Best Illustrated Children's Book from The New York Times. This story is about a community where food is given to them every day from the air. They can take as much as they want but they must finish it before the day is over. One day, one person takes more than they need and the sky is angry and decides not to provide for the community. Finally the sky decides to move far away so the peopl Why The Sky Is Far Away is a Nigerian Folktale and it for grades second through fifth grade. This book won a Best Illustrated Children's Book from The New York Times. This story is about a community where food is given to them every day from the air. They can take as much as they want but they must finish it before the day is over. One day, one person takes more than they need and the sky is angry and decides not to provide for the community. Finally the sky decides to move far away so the people can't touch it. This is why the sky is so far away. I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars because of its main idea which is to teach children to respect the earth. The illustrations show a really great Nigerian backgrounds. The photos are very bright and fills the entire page. The text are in a white boarder making it easier to read, but some of the pages can be long. There was a main character named Oba who was the leader and only one other character, a women who took the food. I would read this to my classroom for a unit during Earth Day to incorporate conservation. I believe kids would be really into this story because of its vibrant pictures makeing this appealing to all ages, but the longer text blocks could affect students in lower grades.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    This book is a Nigerian folktale written over 500 years ago. It discusses how the people of the land kept taking parts of the sky to eat, but were being wasteful. The sky became angry and told everyone that they only can take from the sky if they promise to finish all of it. But a lady took from the sky, couldn’t finish it and hid the remaining sky in a dumpster. The sky became very angry and became very distant for good, telling the people that they must learn to grow their own crops so they wo This book is a Nigerian folktale written over 500 years ago. It discusses how the people of the land kept taking parts of the sky to eat, but were being wasteful. The sky became angry and told everyone that they only can take from the sky if they promise to finish all of it. But a lady took from the sky, couldn’t finish it and hid the remaining sky in a dumpster. The sky became very angry and became very distant for good, telling the people that they must learn to grow their own crops so they won’t be so wasteful any more. The illustrations in this book are very vibrant and colorful. It looks as though each page was painted on. I give this book 4 stars out of 5. “You must learn how to plow the land and gather crops and hunt in the forests,” answered the sky, “Perhaps through your own labor you will learn not to waste the gifts of nature” (pg 24). This book demonstrates a very good lesson, not only for children but for everyone. It teaches us how we shouldn’t be wasteful or take advantage of the good things in our lives, because before we know it they can be gone. We must appreciate everything for what it is, and really savor every part of our world that we have been given. This book teaches children to cherish the things they have and to not take anything for granite.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Crys

    This book is a good read for a primary group. The story is about the sky providing food for the people. The sky gets tired of the people taking to much from it and the people wasting the extra. The sky then warns the leader that next time someone takes to much from it, that he will go far away and no longer provide for the people. The leader then sends out warnings to all the people letting them know to only take as much as they are sure they can eat or they will loose the sky's as a resource. E This book is a good read for a primary group. The story is about the sky providing food for the people. The sky gets tired of the people taking to much from it and the people wasting the extra. The sky then warns the leader that next time someone takes to much from it, that he will go far away and no longer provide for the people. The leader then sends out warnings to all the people letting them know to only take as much as they are sure they can eat or they will loose the sky's as a resource. Everyone did well for some time then there was a big celebration and the greedy women who loved to eat to a big chunk of the sky. She was not able to eat it all and neither was anyone else since they had been at the celebration eating already. The sky showed anger and clouds came and the sky moved far away leaving the poeple to have to hunt,farm and prepare their own food. This book has beatifuly colored pages that follow along with the words of the page allowing the children to guess what could happen next in an folk art style. This book was used to teach the 2nd grade class i was in about folktales and I would continue using it since it was a good example of a lesson to be learned.(

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