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Easter is one of the gang’s favorite holidays. They get to dress up in their monkey suits, eat lots of candy, and search for Easter eggs! Sometimes the Easter Egg Hunt can get pretty competitive. This year was no different.

The humans took the gang to a nearby park for their Easter Egg Hunt. Blizzard and Ted decided to team up this year and boy were they glad they did. They found an egg under some leaves that was almost as big as they were! Pembleton and Ducky both spied a beautiful egg near a boulder, but Ducky was much closer and was able to grab it first. Pembleton wasn’t about to give up. He searched and he searched, and he found a nice big egg at the base of a tree.

Blizzard and Ted worked together to carefully roll their egg over to Ducky’s basket. But when Ducky picked up their egg, he accidentally dropped it and the egg crashed on to the ground and broke open. All three of them were upset, until they saw that inside their egg was filled with delicious candies!

This was definitely an Easter to remember.

"I found one! I found one!"

“I found one! I found one!”

Happy Easter!

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Lately, Pembleton has been having a lot of trouble in his Hebrew class. He just can’t remember the sounds made by all of the funny looking letters. But Pembleton has also been too embarrassed to ask for help.

Pembleton usually excels at everything academic, but learning a new language is so strange. You have to make noises that you’ve never heard before, and read letters that you’ve never seen before. To make things worse, Ducky, who usually has lots of trouble in school, is learning Hebrew so quickly. Ducky, Ted, Blizzard, and all the other animals read everything perfectly, but when it was Pembleton’s turn he felt like he was just speaking jibberish.

Pembleton felt ashamed, until he finally worked up the courage to ask his teacher what he should do. His teacher said, “How about you study with my star student?” Pembleton wondered who the teacher’s “star” student was. He hoped it wasn’t Ducky, but he needed help so much he was willing to do whatever the teacher thought would help. To Pembleton’s surprise the teacher walked over to Blizzard’s desk and asked him if he would be willing to study with Pembleton.

Pembleton felt so relieved because he felt comfortable studying with Blizzard. But just to be sure, Pembleton asked Blizzard if they could study after Ducky went to bed so that no one would laugh at his mistakes.

After only a few study sessions, Pembleton and Blizzard have both improved a lot, and Pembleton is feeling much more confident about the Hebrew class.

Shalom! Shmi Blizzard!

Shalom! Shmi Blizzard!

Yesterday morning Ducky went on a walk. As he walked by the local Jewish community center, he saw a group of humans standing around a bonfire. He was curious so he waddled over to see what was going on. As he peeked through the crowd, he was shocked by what he saw! They were burning bread and crackers! “WHY?” Ducky thought. Then Ducky noticed a wise old owl near by. He walked over and asked what was going on.

The owl replied “It’s the burning of the Chametz.”

“What is that?” Ducky asked even more confused.

“During Pesach, or Passover as you know it, the Jewish people burn anything leaven and do not eat bread or other leaven foods for a whole week in remembrance of their escape from Egypt.” said the owl.

“What? No bread? No pita? Not cake? No cookies? No nothing?” Ducky asked. “When does this start?”

“Tonight.”

Before the owl could say “Chag Sameach (Happy Holiday)”, Ducky ran past the bonfire, grabbed a bag of pita and headed home. He had some eating to do before Pesach started!

"Yummy... Hummus...Pita...Pita...Hummus..."

“Yummy… Hummus…Pita…Pita…Hummus…”

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“Oh no! What are we going to do now?” Ducky cried as he shook the bamboo bars of the cage. “We need to get home before dinner time!”

“Calm down Ducky,” said Ted. “Blizzard and I know what to do.”

Ted and Blizzard were small enough to slip through the bars. They walked over to a nearby palm where a pile of pirate swords laid. Together they dragged one over to Pembleton, who used the sword to break free from the cage.

“Quick, we need to get out of here,” Pembleton said. “But how will we escape when our boat is stuck?”

“Don’t worry, I got a plan!” Ducky said. As they reached the beach Ducky put his wings in his beak and whistled as loud as he could. Within minutes, the pod of dolphins from earlier in the day appeared. They hopped on to their backs and headed back to safety just in time.

When they looked back, Captain One Mitten was on the beach waving his sword. “Arrr… No body steals the treasure of Captain One Mitten!”

As soon as they made it back to port, they notified the authorities about the pirates. Soon after the police arrested the cat pirates and were able to give back the treasures stolen from a local museum, including the treasure the gang escaped with. The police were also able to tow the USS DtPb back to port.

Once Ducky and the gang got back home they were ready for a snack and a nap. They had had enough adventure for one day.

Until next time.

Woo Hoo! Tally Ho!

Woo Hoo! Tally Ho!

Part 1 Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 2 Water Skiing on Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 3 Sand Bar! Full Steam Ahead! Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 4 The Pirates! Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 5 Trapped! Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Once the pirates left, Pembelton gave Ducky and the little guys the all clear to join him near the pirates camp site. Pembleton was searching high and low for the radio jammer, but was unable to find anything.

Meanwhile, Ducky was becoming more and more curious about the pirates loot. He picked up a stick and started pocking and prodding around. Finally after becoming bored, Ducky hit one of the barrels and cracked it. Then gold coins started falling out.

Ducky lifted Ted and Blizzard up to one of the locks on a rusty chest. Since they were little, they were able to easily pick the lock. When they opened them up, there were crowns, scepters, jewels, and more golds coins. They were so excited they didn’t even see the bamboo trap hanging just above their heads.

Just as they were about to leave the pirates camp, Ducky wanted to grab one last coin that rolled next to the chest. As Ducky waddled over to get it, they heard a CLICK. Before they knew it, the cage came crashing down on them. They were TRAPPED! Like rats!

To be continued…

"Can we keep it?" -Ducky asked.

“Can we keep all of it?” -Ducky asked.

Part 1 Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 2 Water Skiing on Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 3 Sand Bar! Full Steam Ahead! Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 4 The Pirates! Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Their boat was stuck in a sandbar and Pembleton felt like something fishy was going on because every attempt to radio for help was being jammed. The only thing they could do is take their life raft to the nearby island and search for help.

Once Ducky, Pembleton, Ted, and Blizzard made it to shore, they decided to explore the island. But Ducky insisted that they all stick together and Pembleton reminded them to walk quietly.

It didn’t take long for them to discover what was going on. Ducky and Pembleton heard rough voices through the dense jungle foliage. They carefully peeked through the bushes only to find CAT PIRATES!

“That explains it”, said Pembleton. “The pirates must be jamming our radio and they probably put that sandbar near the island to trap boats like ours.”

Ducky said, “Why does it have to be CATS? I hate CATS!”

“Except for kittens”, Ted reminded him.

As they listened to the cat pirates, they found out that their leader, Captain One Mitten, was aware of their boat. He had sent his first mate to check on the boat, but he returned saying that no one was on the ship and there was no treasure – only a few sandwiches. Both pirates agreed that they were hungry and went down to the boat to eat Ducky, Pembleton, and the little guys’ sandwiches.

Meanwhile, Ducky said, “Now’s our chance to find out what they are doing here.” Pembleton added, “Maybe we can disable their radio jammer.”

To be continued…

"Arrr... what kinda sandwiches, thee be?" -Captain One Mitten exclaimed.

“Arrr… what kinda sandwiches, thee be?” -Captain One Mitten exclaimed.

Part 1 Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 2 Water Skiing on Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 3 Sand Bar! Full Steam Ahead! Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Pembleton, the Captain of the USS DtPb, searched his maps high and low for the best island or beach to have a picnic on. He was very careful to check his nautical maps and equipment to make sure he was sailing the proper channels.

However, he was SHOCKED when they pulled into what he thought was a safe bay, but turned out to have a hidden sandbar that was not on his maps! Their ship was stuck in the sand, just below the waterline. He tried to reverse the engine, but it was no use! In fact the engine started smoking!

Pembleton tried to call for help using his radio, but the signal was jammed. The only thing left to do was to take their life raft to shore and try to find help or at least eat their lunch.

To be continued…

"Oh No!!! We're stuck!" Ducky cried, "SOS! SOS!"

“Oh No!!! We’re stuck!” Ducky cried, “SOS! SOS!”

Part 1 Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 2 Water Skiing on Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Pembleton finally agreed to let Ducky strap on his skis and hop out into the water. Ducky is a very good swimmer. For some reason floating comes naturally to his round body. Ted and Blizzard hooked up the cord so that Ducky could hold on as the boat cruised through the water.

Shortly after Pembleton pushed the throttle forward a pod of dolphins joined Ducky as he road the waves. Ted and Blizzard were bouncing up and down waving to the dolphins. Then the dolphins started jumping out of the water and waving their flippers back at the little guys. One dolphin even did a flip out of the water.

When Ducky road over an especially large wave he sailed clear out of the water. The next time a wave came he headed straight for it on purpose. Ducky kept trying to go higher and higher until at one point a splashed out of control losing the cord attached to the boat. When Pembleton turned the boat around to check on him, Ducky came up spitting out water and laughing. The dolphins even helped Ducky get back on to the boat.

Next on their agenda, Ducky, Pembleton, and the little guys needed to find a small island to have a picnic on.

To be continued…

Ducky water skiing in the mediterranean

Whaa Whoo! Faster! Faster!

Part 1 Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Ducky and the gang recently went on a Mediterranean Cruise off the coast of Haifa, Israel. They took Pembleton’s new boat, the “USS DtPb,” for a short cruise around Haifa bay.

There was a slight breeze and the sun kept them nice and warm. The weather was perfect for a day out at sea.

Ted and Blizzard had heard that a pod of dolphins often liked to play nearby. They hoped they would be able to see them and maybe even see them do a trick or two.

Ducky was excited, when Pembleton told him the water would be calm today, with the occasional wave. It was perfect for some tubing or water skiing. Shortly after leaving the harbor, Ducky asked, “Is it time to get out my water skis?”

To be continued…

"Full Steam Ahead!"

“Full Steam Ahead!”

After many nights of studying the stars, Pembleton made an exciting discovery! He discovered a new exo-planet. Pembleton called his friend, Edgar the Elephant to help verify his discovery. Once it was verified, Pembleton decided to reveal his discovery at the Technion Astronomical Society Workshop. He invited Ducky, Ted and Blizzard, along with his friend Edgar the Elephant.

During the lecture Pembleton explained that he was looking for exo-planets by finding shadows that cross in front of bright stars. Pembleton recorded pictures from his Newtonian telescope on to his computer, so that the finding could be verified by other scientist and also for his super cool presentation.

Pembleton’s lecture was a huge hit at the workshop. Now all he has to do is decide on a name for the planet. Maybe it will be… Pembletron… Blizzardonious… Tedzoni… or Duckytopia…What do you think? Leave a comment!

"This circular shadow is actually evidence of an exo-planet!" - Pembleton

“This circular shadow is actually evidence of an exo-planet!” – Pembleton

Part 1 A Mystery Package

Part 2 What’s in the Package?

Part 3 Stargazing

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