Why the Sky Moved Away

READ THE WORLD – Benin: Why the Sky Moved Away by Christine Gnimagnon Adjahi

The ebook edition I read was in the original French with Arabic translation by Ibrahim Trad and English translation by Allison Mitcham. The illustrations are by Samia Taqi.

We’re starting to get to some of the countries where I really struggled to find any work that has been translated into English so I was pleased to find this very short children’s book available on kindle.

Why the Sky Moved Away is one of those stories that explains why something is the way it is – in this case, why the sky is so far away from Earth. Side note: I googled to see if there was a name for these kinds of stories and there is! It’s called a pourquoi story (pourquoi means “why” in French) though apparently the term “origin story” can be used with stories like these too. Love learning new things like this.

Anyway. As Why the Sky Moved Away is a children’s story the writing is simple but there’s still the sort of whimsical feel you often get with children’s stories. There’s also a kind of moral to the story too, like you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.

Not much else to say about Why the Sky Moved Away except that the illustrations are in a water colour style and look lovely, I especially like the colours used, and I thought the explanation of what stars are was equally sad and beautiful – especially with the accompanying illustration.