The days are cold. Winter is coming fast to the Nevada Mountains. The white ducks need a warm spot to sleep --- so does the old mountain lion. Like children who want to snuggle with their moms, the ducks find a purrrfect spot to sleep. And the old mountain lion gains something he never had before.
Written and illustrated by Theodocia Swecker
Published by Ducks Pub.
Ages 0-6 years
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There’s more magic beyond the words. Find the hidden stars and other secrets too. There are surprises in each illustration.
The Story of the Stars
I was painting for Ducks Ducks when the stars appeared on the paper. I spread water across the top of my paper to paint Aspen leaves. I added touches of red, orange, green, and yellow. I watched the colors swirl into leaf patterns. When my eyes caught up with my brush and I saw the small white star between my strokes. “Hmmmm, that’s odd.” I kept painting. I noticed another. “What are you doing here?”
They didn’t answer.
During this time, our dog Doc, a white German Shorthair, got sick. I was in the kitchen doing the morning dishes when I looked behind me to see how he was. With his big golden eyes he held my attention. “What is it?”
He came to me, falling into my arms in a giant seizure. My husband, Steve, and I rushed Doc to the vets.
Lifting him onto the examination table, I glanced at a paw where the white fur grew between his pads and noticed the shape of a perfect white star.
“Ahhh, the stars are for Doc.”
The next day we checked on Doc periodically as he lay on his blanket. That night his breathing changed. Steve and I held him as we said our good-byes.
We went outside to grieve. I searched the sky for a star. There were none. The sky was completely over cast. I sat thinking about Doc and the stars when all of a sudden I got Doc’s message. Even though we can’t see the stars, they are there. Just like Doc. Ever though we can’t see him he is with us.
Creativity is a doorway for magic.