WHY THE SKY IS FAR AWAY: A Folktale From Nigeria by Mary-Joan -- Adapt Gerson

WHY THE SKY IS FAR AWAY: A Folktale From Nigeria

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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. Even though the long-suffering sky warned them all about abusing his gift, one wife who was never satisfied cut off more than she could consume after an especially opulent feast; then the sky moved out of reach and ""from that day onward, men had to grow their own food."" Gerson tells this charming and pertinent Bini tale with concision and unobtrusive skill, and though we're beginning to tire of the conventional coupling of African folktales with rough brown woodcuts (especially as the richness of African decorative art puts to shame such depictions as this lifeless, monochromatic king in ceremonial robes), Meryman's block prints have an African look and in any case the story is worth a hearing.

Pub Date: March 15th, 1974
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich