Why The Sky Is Far Away - A Nigerian Folktale
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- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
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.
This pourquoi tale, first told 500 years ago by the Bini tribe of Nigeria, has a topical message that is accessible to children without being heavy-handed. "In the beginning,'' the sky was so close to the earth that anyone who was hungry could just reach up, take a piece, and eat it. The sky was delicious, tasting sometimes of meat stew, sometimes of roasted corn. But the people grew careless with the sky's gifts, taking more than they needed to satisfy their hunger. The sky grew angry, threatening to withhold its gifts if the people continued to waste them. True to its promise, the sky moved far away, and the Bini were forced to plow the fields and hunt the forest."