Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky

Title: Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky

Author: Elphinstone Dayrell

Illustrator: Blair Lent

Genre/theme of book: folktale

Summary of book: Sun and Moon once lived on earth with their best friend, Water. Friends would come with Water when he visited Sun and Moon, causing Water to be knee-deep for Sun. Water soon came up to Sun's head. Sun and Moon went to the sky where they decided to live together.

Characters: Sun, Moon, Water

Reader's comments: This is an interesting story that some students may not understand clearly. I think young students may enjoy the story, but they may also become confused with the idea of the sun and moon living on earth with water. Because this is not a concrete concept, some explaination may be needed. However, I do think it is a good story to have in the classroom, as it shares a new perspective on why things are the way they are.

Grade level appropriateness: preschool - third grade

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