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Why the moon gets smaller and bigger

Long ago, Mother Moon lit up the sky every night.

She had a blanket woven from the most beautiful golden thread.

Her blanket shone so brightly that there was enough light for all people to see their way through the darkness.

Sometimes, Mother Moon wrapped her blanket tightly around herself and came down to visit the earth.

One night, in the middle of winter, near the banks of a river, she came across an old woman who lived alone...