The Moon and Her Mother


Many years ago, the Moon decide that she would like to have a pretty dress to wear on her rounds of the night sky. So she begged her Mother to make her a gown.

“How can I make you a gown?” her Mother asked. “There is no fitting your figure.”

The Moon was upset. “Mother, what do you mean?

Her Mother replied: “My daughter, you are always changing.”

“I don’t see what that is a problem,” said the Moon.

“Because, child of mine,” her Mother replied, “Sometimes you’re a New Moon, and sometimes you’re a Full Moon; and in-between you’re neither one nor the other. Any dress that I make you will only fit properly for one or two days each month.”

Moral: Those who change constantly do not get what they want.

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S. E. Schlosser
Editor of and, S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press. She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author.
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