Mama duck took her
three ducklings to the pond to swim. Fluffy, Jaune, and Weber. Jaune and
Fluffy stayed near their mama, always waddling along in front of her.
They'd never been to the pond before and didn't want to get lost.
didn't mind his mama. He lagged behind, always hiding behind trees and
stones. Sometimes his mama had to stop and look for him.
As they neared the
pond, Weber waddled along far behind his mama and the others. “I think
I'll hide behind that big tree up there. Hee hee. Mama will never find me
Mama, Fluffy and
Jaune went to the pond. “Mama, where's Weber?” Fluffy turned to look.
“He must be hiding
again, Mama. Why does Weber always try to be tricky?” Jaune quacked.
“You two stay
here. Don't go in the pond. I'm going to look for Weber. Mama will be
right back.” Mama waddled off.
Jaune and Fluffy
looked at the pond. They saw a frog hopping about in the reeds. They saw
fish swimming under the water and other birds flying in to have a drink. A
gust of wind blew. Since the ducklings were so light and fluffy, the wind
picked them up and carried them into the pond.
“Help, Mama! Help
us!” Fluffy bobbed up and down on the water.
Jaune's beak went
Mama came running
back. She saw her two ducklings and swam over to them. She picked them up
with her beak and swam back to shore. “I thought I told you to stay out of
“But Mama, the
wind blew us in there,” Jaune said.
drowned, Mama.” Fluffy hugged her mama's leg.
Just then Weber
came running up. “I had and you couldn't find me. Ha ha ha.”
“Weber, because of
you, your brother and sister nearly drowned. The wind blew them into the
water and I wasn't there to help them. You're a naughty duck and this
tricky behavior of yours has to stop.” Mama scolded her duckling.
Weber glanced at
his dripping brother and sister. He saw how frightened Fluffy looked and
saw a tear in Jaune's eye. “I'm sorry. I didn't know. I was trying to have
fun.” He held his beak down in shame.
“It's all right to
have fun, Weber, but not when Mama is trying to teach you things that can
save your life. Now come on. We're all going into the pond.”
She nudged them
all into the water. “Keep paddling your feet and keep your head up.”
All three duckling
learned to swim with no problem. They just needed their mama to be there
and help them. Weber kept doing tricky things and hid, but never when they
were with Mama, trying to learn important things.