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Children's Stories
by Margo Fallis
Catch a Falling Star

Catch a Falling Star

Hannah wouldn’t go to sleep. Her mum and dad rocked her, gave her a bottle, and sang her lullabies, but she lay with her eyes wide open.

Mum picked her up and stood at the window. She cuddled her in a warm pink blanket. The stars were twinkling in the midnight sky. "Stars in the sky, how can we get Hannah to fall asleep?" Mum yawned.

One star fell across the heavens, leaving a glittering trail behind it. "Ask the moon," it whispered.

Mum looked at the moon. It shone its pale light down on her face. "Moon, how can we get Hannah to go to sleep?" she yawned again.

The moon fell from the sky and floated above the treetops. "Let me have her. I’ll rock her to sleep." Hannah’s Mum put the crying baby in the moon’s gentle arms. It flew back up to join the stars. They blew stardust in her eyes while the moon rocked back and forth. Hannah started to yawn, curled up, and fell asleep. When the moon was sure she wouldn’t wake up, he fell from the sky. "Take her. She’ll sleep all night." He kissed Hannah’s forehead and handed her back to her mum. She put the baby back in her crib. She covered her with her soft pink blanket as the moon flew back to the heavens.

Every night the moon came and took Hannah with him and rocked her to sleep. If you ever look up at it, you can see the moon smiling.

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