- Publisher: Raintree
- Editor: Karen Soll
- Edition: First
- Available in: Paperback
- ISBN: 1474746330
- Published: August 25, 2017
Crafted for the 2017-2018 Capstone Engage Literacy Advance program, Why The Moon Moves Away is a 64-page, GRL V porquoi tale answering the age-old question of where the moon came from and the more recent question of why, year after year, the moon moves a little farther away from the Earth.
Tired of the rotting leftovers from the meals of other animals, Rat and Raven quit being enemies to work together to find a better food source. After devising a method for opening coconuts, they try trading for other kinds of food only to be swindled by Bear. Eventually, Rat and Raven strike a deal for oysters with an honest otter who warns them about pearls: “Don’t swallow them and don’t try to chew them.”
After a storm washes up a gigantic oyster, Rat, Raven, and Otter are deciding what to do with it when Bear and his pal Crocodile wander along. Rat, seeing the only way into the shell is with Bear’s help, strikes a deal so they each get a share – but Bear splits the meat with Crocodile before finding the oyster’s huge pearl. Thinking it’s more food, Bear tries to crack it open, but can’t. Crocodile crushes it in his teeth, but only puts dents and craters in it before the pearl sticks in his throat. Bear pounds Crocodile’s back then squeezes him around the middle until the pearl gets coughed up and flies into space — thereby becoming the moon that continues to move further away from the world.