waddled down to the stream with her ducklings, Dinah, Dick and Derek.
Derek pushed Dick, so Dick hit Derek back. Dinah stuck out her tongue at
both of them. “Boys, all they do is fight. Stupid boys.”
make faces at your brothers. Don't you know that if you make a face and
hold it for too long that it will stay that way forever?” Mama scolded
her daughter. “Now you boys stop fighting. We're going to the pond for a
stopped making a face and was scared that her face would look like that
forever, until she saw her reflection in the pond. “Whew. I guess I
didn't hold it too long.”
swam around and then Mama took them back to the nest. “You three stay
here while I go and get something for us to eat.”
she was gone, Derek nipped Dick on the foot and then flew into the air.
Mama came back and saw them fighting again. “That does it! You two stop
that right now. Derek, don't you know that if you fly too high in the
sky that your feathers will turn blue and if you fly through a cloud
your bill will turn white. I warn you two and you Dinah, stop making
faces and fighting.” Mama shook her head back and forth in anger. “I am
going to get some worms for us.”
Mama left, Dick said, “I don't believe Mama. I don't think my face will
stay the same if I make an ugly face.”
Mama said it would,” Dinah said.
don't believe her either, Dinah. Come on, Dick. Let's make faces and
hold them as long as we want. We'll prove to Dinah that Mama isn't
telling the truth.” Derek and Dick stood next to each other. “One, two,
three,” Derek said and made a face.
saw Derek do it, so he scrunched up his face and made it as ugly as he
could. Both Dick and Derek held their ugly faces for five minutes.
“There,” said Dick. “My face didn't stay ugly. Neither did Derek's.”
right. Mama didn't tell us the truth. Why would she say that?” Dinah sat
on the grass.
“Because she doesn't like to see you make faces. I'll bet that if I flew
up to the sky and zoomed through a cloud that I wouldn't turn blue
either,” Derek said.
ahead and try,” Dinah said.
took a deep breath and flew as high as he could. He zoomed through the
clouds with his webbed feet tucked under his feathers. “Whee! Whee! Whee!
I am flying high in the sky.”
flew back down to join his brother and sister, Dinah and Dick gulped.
“Derek, Mama wasn't lying about this. Your bill is white and your
feathers are blue. You're a blue duck,” Dinah said.
feet are still orange because you had them tucked under your wings, but
you're as blue as they sky,” Dick said.
quacked, warning the ducklings of her return.
better hide,” Dinah said to her brother. “Mama's going to be mad at you
when she sees that you're blue.”
hid behind Dinah and Dick.
came back with worms and dropped them on the ground near the nest.
um, he, um,” Dinah said.
what?” Mama tapped her foot. “Derek duckling, you come here to your mama
peeked out from behind the others. “Hi, Mama.”
You're blue. You went flying high in the sky, didn't you? Your feathers
are blue and look at your bill. It's as white as the snow.” Mama gasped
in horror. “My duckling is blue. Boo hoo. Boo hoo.” Mama sobbed.
was so upset that she fell asleep.
ducklings went down to the pond. “Maybe I can wash the blue off,” Derek
said. He ran into the pond and splashed water all over him. Just then
they heard a gunshot. “Oh no,” whispered Derek. “It's hunters, duck
and Dinah hid behind the bushes. “Derek's in the pond and the duck
hunters will see him and shoot him,” Dinah cried.
they can't. He's blue, like the water. He's invisible. They can't see
him.” Dick giggled. He crept closer to the pond. “Derek,” he called so
only his brother could hear. “Derek, they can't see you because you're
blue. Go and play a trick on them. Chase them away so they never come
back to the pond again.”
snickered. He swam over to the men hiding in the bushes on the other
side of the pond. He made scary noises.
was that noise?” One of the hunters pushed the other. “Is that you?”
it's not me. I didn't make any noise.”
made scary noises again.
that you?” The hunter stood.
think there must be a ghost in the pond.”
ghost? In the pond? I'm outta here.” The duck hunter gathered his things
and ran away. The other one followed.
again did hunters come near the pond and in fact, instead of being
called Dugan's Pond, from then on it was called, Ghost Pond.
stayed blue for the rest of his life, but he always used his blue color
to scare hunters away.