By Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen

Whereas pulling weeds and planting seeds together with her dad on Hazel Ridge Farm's prairie, Heather discovers a wooden duckling on my own within the grass. frightened for the duckling's protection, Heather asks her dad if she will be able to take care of him. "You need to continue him secure and hot and fed. you might want to educate him how you can be a duck--to swim, to seek for insects, and the way to fly." Aptly named Mr. Peet for his chirping sound, the ducking accompanies Heather as she feeds the chickens, rabbits, and horses. They spend the summer time swimming jointly within the pond, and Mr. Peet finally masters find out how to fly. Heather turns into involved whilst she hasn't visible Mr. Peet in 10 days. Her dad reassures her that the wooden duck could have stumbled on his personal position in nature. Heather is happy with her paintings and he or she is familiar with Mr. Peet might be okay, simply because she enjoyed him simply enough.

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Peet and felt proud. “Daddy, I know Mr.

Peet flew everywhere they went. Heather wondered how the ponds and woods and prairies looked from Mr. Peet’s sky-high view. She imagined what it would be like to fly right next to Mr. Peet. The warm summer days were perfect for swimming and fishing. Heather watched Mr. Peet dart for water bugs and minnows. “Look at Mr. Peet, Dad. ” Dad smiled from the nearby dock as Heather and Mr. Peet splashed, bobbed, and floated. One day after swimming, Mr. Peet wouldn’t follow Heather and Dad from the pond like he usually did.

Summer vacation ended and school began again. Heather returned to her school friends, and Mr. Peet found friends of his own. She would see Mr. Peet at the pond now and again, but he stopped helping her with chores. Dad had reminded her that she had done a wonderful job raising Mr. Peet to be a strong and confident duck. Heather’s job was done, and now it was up to Mr. Peet. She would need to trust that he would find safety in a new family, a family of wood ducks just like him. Shorter days and cooler nights meant birds of all kinds would begin their long journey south where the weather was warmer.

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