Why the Sky Is Far Away by Mary-Joan Gerson
A Nigerian Folktale

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Book by Gerson, Mary-Joan
 

About Mary-Joan Gerson

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Mary-Joan Gerson has written five books for children. She was inspired to write this story after spending time in Nigeria with the Peace Corps. Mary travels extensively to explore different cultures and discover new ways to see the world, and enjoys sharing that experience with children and adults through her books. Carla Golembe is an award-winning illustrator, artist, author, and teacher. Her artwork, in a wide range of mediums including acrylic on paper and canvas, gouache, and monotype, has been featured at galleries across the country.
 
Published January 1, 1992 by Little Brown & Co. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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The sky is far away because, when it was close enough so that everyone could just cut off a piece and eat it whenever he was hungry, people abused the convenience and left chunks of delicious sky to sour and sped on garbage heaps.

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Once the sky was so close that people could reach up and break off pieces of it to eat, but they wasted so much that the sky grew angry.

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PW praised the ``dazzling, boldly hued illustrations'' in this tale of an idyllic period when the sky itself is a source of sustenance.

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Dazzling, boldly hued illustrations--verdant flora, jet-black figures garbed in pinks and yellows--strikingly capture the carefree spirit of an Africa when an edible, delicious sky was a source of sustenance: ``Men and women did not have to sow crops and harvest them.

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