Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky: An African Folktale

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1968 - Juvenile Fiction - 26 pages
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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. "An African folktale is interpreted with originality and harmony." -- Booklist

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User Review  - Adrian.Gaytan - LibraryThing

African folktale telling the story of how the moon and sun live in the sky. Story has great illustrations showing the story but are of African pictures. Great book to communicate culture and other ... Read full review

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User Review  - Keller_M - LibraryThing

An interesting tale of why the sun and the moon are in the sky. Both the sun and water were great friends on earth. The sun would often visit water but water would never go visit the sun. The sun ... Read full review

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Author and illustrator Blair Lent was born on January 20, 1929 in Boston, Massachusetts. He received a degree in art from the Boston Museum School in 1953. He travelled to Switzerland and Italy on a study grant and then worked for the Container Corporation of America designing tin-can labels and for the Bresnick Advertising Company designing bank loan advertisements. He wrote and illustrated Pistachio, which was published in 1964. He also wrote and illustrated John Tabor's Ride (1966); Baba Yaga (1966) using the name Ernest Small; Bayberry Bluff (1987); Molasses Flood (1992); and Ruby and Fred (2000). He specialized in illustrating international folk tales retold by other writers including The Wave (1964); Tikki Tikki Tembo (1968); Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky (1968); Little Match Girl (1968); and The Funny Little Woman, which won the Caldecott Medal in 1973. He died of pneumonia on January 27, 2009 at the age of 80.

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