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Unlocking the Mystery of the Desert Sands.

Before handing over the pendants, Amanda Panda and Penelope Penguin slid the two charms together. The halves formed the key Multilingual Mole would need to open the massive, ancient doors that stood before them.

Multilingual Mole translated the encryption on the pendent, “MORE THAN THIS KEY IS NEEDED TO UNLOCK THE MYSTERY OF THE DESERT SANDS. AS THE HALVES OF THIS PENDANT COME TOGETHER TO FORM A MESSAGE, SO TOO THE SECRETS OF BEARISTOTLE’S CHAMBER WILL ONLY BE REVEALED BY WORKING TOGETHER.”

"Cool! These are the best friendship pendants ever!"

“Cool! These are the best friendship pendants ever!”

“What does that mean? Haven’t we done enough teamwork for one adventure?” Ducky asked.

“I think it means that it will take all of us to unlock the mystery and the door.” Pembleton said.

“But how? I don’t even see a keyhole”, Amanda said, as she looked back and forth between the pendent and door.

“I think we might be too little”, said Ted sadly.

“Yeah, look how big those doors are, and how little we are”, Blizzard agreed.

“I got it!” Pembleton shouted. “How about we become big!”

“What does that mean? Are you drinking enough water? I think you might be loosing it!” Ducky replied.

“No, I’m not losing it! Each of us may be little, but together we can do big things! Haven’t you learned anything from our previous adventures?” Pembleton explained, “We need to climb on top of each other so we can see higher up! Maybe with Cornelius’ help, we can find the lock.”

They all climbed onto Cornelius’ back to get a better view. They searched for anything that might match the shape of the pendent. After searching for several minutes, Penelope tugged on Pembleton’s wing and then whispered, “Do you think that could be it? Up there?” she asked.

“Yeah! I think you found it!” Pembleton shouted with joy. He startled shy Penelope, and caught her before she fell off the hump. Both of them blushed a little, but then they got back to work.

Ducky, Ted, Pembelton, and Blizzard quickly formed an animal ladder on top of Cornelius and passed the pendent up the chain. Once Ted, at the top, received the pendent, Amanda told them, “Scoot to the right. No the other rights you nimrods! No, now that is too far! STOP! Right there Ted!” Then Ted slid the pendant into the cave wall and pushed it into place. There was a loud click, but then nothing happen.

They waited for about 10 seconds before they heard the rumble of stone doors sliding open. “It worked! It worked!” Multilingual Mole shouted as he did the happy dance. “Now lets see this treasure.”

Stay tuned for the GRAND FINALE!

"Woo Hoo! It worked!"

“Even though each of us might be little, together we can do BIG things!” -Pembleton

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 1

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 2

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 3

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 4

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 5

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 6

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 7

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 8

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 9

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 10

“Don’t try to move!” Captain One Mitten snarled. Ducky and the gang were cornered and Captain One Mitten had a sword.

“We surrender! Don’t hurt us!” They all yelled.  Captain One Mitten then led them into the cave where Amanda Panda and Penelope Penguin were being held, along with Multilingual Mole.

“What are you going to do to us?” Pembleton asked as he, along with Ducky, Ted, and Blizzard were forced in to an empty cage.

“I, Captain One Mitten, will have my revenge. I have not forgotten about what happen on the island. You cost me my treasure. I plan on come up with something extra dastardly to do to you all. It will be the most terrible,  dreadful, fearsome, frightening, ghastly, horrendous, horrible…”

Ducky quietly whispered to Pembleton, “Don’t bad guys know once they start monologuing, the good guys always win?”

As Captain One Mitten was blowing hot air, and reciting the details of his evil plan, Ted and Blizzard slipped through the bars and tip-toed over to where Cornelius was tied up, just under Amanda and Penelope’s cage. Ted and Blizzard were able to open the satchel and retrieve the stinky boot, which they tossed to Amanda.

Amanda first was disgusted by the revolting odor, but then she knew what she needed to do. Captain One Mitten was still monologuing about how once he got Multilingual Mole to figure out how to open the door to his riches, he was going to do “the most appalling, atrocious, awful, monstrous, gris-” That was when Amanda chucked the stinky boot and smacked him across the noggin.

They all froze, as Captain One Mitten teetered and tottered back and forth while trying to finish his monologue. Then he fell to the ground with a loud ‘thud’.

“Wow, I’m surprised we can’t see birds flying around his head. Good aim, Amanda!” Ducky said with a little awe in his voice.

“I know.” Amanda said proudly.

“Pembleton, what would we have done, if I didn’t pack that stinky boot?” Ducky asked as Ted and Blizzard released them from their cage, but Pembleton acted as if he didn’t hear him. Soon everyone was released. Then Ducky and Pembleton dragged the Captain into the now empty cage and told Egor to get into the cage too.

“Okay, now lets get out of here!” Amanda firmly stated.

“Wait!” Multilingual Mole shouted. “We can’t leave the mystery unsolved. We have come all this way and this mystery has laid uncovered for hundreds of years. The ancient test reads ONLY THE FAINT OF HEART WILL BE ABLE TO UNCOVER BEARISTOTLE’S GOLDEN TREASURE THAT LAY BEYOND THIS DOOR. Now I need to see the girls pendents to figure out how to unlock the door.”

Reluctantly, Amanda and Penelope, who had retrieved their pendents from Captain One Mitten, handed them over to Multilingual Mole.

To be continued…

"I've been hit!"-Captain One Mitten

“I’ve been hit!”-Captain One Mitten

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 1

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 2

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 3

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 4

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 5

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 6

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 7

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 8

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 9

Over the Edge!

After they were able to open the secret passageway, Ducky and the gang entered the dark tunnel, along with Cornelius. It was so dark, they could barely see anything. Before heading too far in, Pembelton took the old blanket and wrapped it around the stick to make a torch. He asked Ducky to hold the torch, while he lit the torch using his flint key chain, he always carries just in case of emergencies like this.

The tunnel twisted and turned downward, deep beneath the desert sands. They nervously followed the path. In the distance they could hear Amanda Panda, giving Captain One Mitten an ear full about how horrible their conditions were.

“You call this a falafel! I wouldn’t feed this to a rat!” she shouted.

“We must be getting close.” Ducky whispered to Cornelius, who whispered to Ted, who whispered to Blizzard, who then whispered to Pembleton. “What? Wet mustard boogied in the closet?” Pembleton whispered back to Blizzard. “What does that mean?”

“I don’t know. Just keep going.” Blizzard said as he hopped up on Pembleton’s back. He was getting tired.

They were almost at the end of the tunnel, when Pembleton stopped them. “Okay. We need to come up with a plan.”

“What do you mean? We just go in there and stop the bad guys!” Ducky said, walking towards the cave. “Why do you have to…”

Before Pembleton could stop him or Ducky could finish his statement, the floor opened beneath him. Ducky began to plummet towards a pit of sharp spikes. Luckily, Cornelius had fast reflexes and a long neck and was able to catch Ducky by the webbed toes before any harm was done. But unfortunately Captain One Mitten had hear Ducky’s scream and commotion caused by the booby trap.

By the time Ducky was back on solid ground, Captain One Mitten and Egor, had the gang surrounded.

To be continued…

"AAAAAAAHHHH"

“AAAAAAAHHHH”

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 1

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 2

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 3

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 4

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 5

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 6

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 7

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 8

Secret Entrance.

They looked everywhere for the trigger mechanism that must open the secret passage, but they couldn’t find it anywhere. Eventually Ted and Blizzard got tired and started to play in the sand. Cornelius decided to take another nap, but Ducky and Pembleton kept searching until the Sun started to go down.

Suddenly, Cornelius’ ears perked up and he sniffed the air. Then he said in a low deep voice, “Everyone hide, someone is coming!”

Ducky, Pembleton, and Cornelius hid behind a giant obelisk, while Ted and Blizzard hid behind a sand dune. They waited for what seemed like forever before anyone but Cornelius could hear someone coming. Then they saw Captain One Mittin’s first mate, Egor, leading a camel with a large sack through the desert. When the camel, wearing a large purple bow, got closer they could see that the sack actually contained a prisoner.

First Ducky whispered, “It’s the cat pirates, again!”

Then Pembleton whispered, “That’s Multilingual Mole tied to the camel’s back! We need to rescue him.”

Cornelius tilted his head to get a better look at the female camel. Losing his mind with infatuation, he was about to whistle, when Pembleton managed to clasp his wing over Cornelius’ lips.

“Get a hold of yourself”, Pembleton whispered harshly.

“Sorry”, sighed Cornelius quietly.

Then they watched as Egor walked directly toward the wall where they had seen the foot prints leading into the wall. Egor hopped on top of the female camel’s back and used a gnarled staff to press a tiny button high up on the wall. The wall itself began to slide away revealing a long dark tunnel. When Egor was out of sight the wall slid back into place.

Pembleton examined the button that Egor had pressed to open the secret entrance. It was too high to reach even on top of Cornelius’ back. “How are we going to reach that button?” asked Pembleton.

“Don’t you remember. I packed a long stick”, said Ducky. “We can stand on Cornelius back and use the stick to reach the button.”

“Wow! Good thinking Ducky”, agreed Ted and Blizzard.

“See! I packed some useful stuff”, said Ducky.

Pembleton reluctantly climbed on top of Cornelius and used Ducky’s stick to press the button. The secret door slid open and they entered the long dark tunnel.

To be continued…

Shhh... be very, very quiet.

Shhh… be very, very quiet.

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 1

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 2

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 3

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 4

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 5

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 6

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 7

Meanwhile.

“Give us back our pendants! You ruffian!” shouted Amanda Panda & Penelope Penguin.

“Arrr… Be quiet. The only good thing about prison, was the peace and quiet. I didn’t escape to hear your belly aching. ” Captain One Mitten shouted back at the girls. “Once Egor gets here with that blasted mole, I’ll be able to unlock the treasure with your ‘friendship’ pendents.”

“Why do you need our pendents? They are ours. We got them fair and square from that antique dealer.” Amanda told the Captain.

“The dealer, said they were worthless and gave them to us for a bargain.” Added Penelope.

“One animal’s trash, is another animal’s treasure. Or in my case, a key to an ancient temple that was buried by a terrible sand storm hundreds of years ago. Once we unlock the temple. I will be RICH! Hahahaha!” Captain One Mitten cackled (huhu), “hairball.”

“Let us go.” Penelope begged.

“No. I can’t let you alert the authorities. Don’t worry, if your good, I’ll only make you walk the plank.” Captain One Mitten replied.

“You won’t get away with this! When our friends, find out, and they will, they will send you back to jail.” Amanda said sneeringly.

“I escaped, once, I can do it again.”

To be continued…

You won't get away with this!

You won’t get away with this!

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 1

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 2

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 3

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 4

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 5

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 6

Desert Ruins.

They reached the end of the map.

“There is no one here! What do we do now?” asked Ducky. “Maybe we took a wrong turn.”

“I don’t think so. I double checked the map, plus there are too many ruins here to be a coincidence”, said Pembleton. “Everyone take a look around. Maybe we will find a clue.”

Ducky, Ted, Pembleton, and Blizzard hopped off Cornelius and began to explore. Cornelius decided to take a nap. Ducky looked high and low – but mainly low – as he was unable to climb most of the ruins. Pembleton carefully climbed to the top of a pillar to survey the area, but he didn’t see anything except more ruins. When they met back near Cornelius, Ted and Blizzard reported they didn’t find anyone but they found two pretty ribbons. They thought they might make nice gifts for Amanda Panda and Penelope Penguin when they got back home.

“WAIT A MINUTE!”, shouted Ducky. “Those ribbons look awfully familiar!”

“You are right, Ducky”, Pembleton added, “Those look exactly like ribbons that Amanda Panda and Penelope Penguin wear all the time. But what are their ribbons doing all the way out here in the desert?”

“I bet Amanda and Penelope are our friends in danger”, Ducky concluded.

“We’ve gotta’ help them”, Ted said.

“No one messes with my friends and gets away with it”, Ducky said sternly. “Whoever is responsible for this mess is in big trouble!”

As Duck and Pembleton untied the ribbons, Blizzard called over to them. “Hey, I found some paw prints over here, and they lead directly into this stone wall. There must be a secret passage in the wall.”

“Good eye Blizzard!” Pembleton said, as they began searching for the trigger that opened the passageway.

To be continued…

Pretty ribbons.

Pretty ribbons.

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Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 3

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 4

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 5

Desert Trek.

“Now that we have figured out the map, we need transportation. Any ideas?” Pembleton asked.

“I got an idea!” Ducky shouted. “I’ll be back soon. Stay here with the little guys.”

Ducky went to Ali Baba, owner of Ali Baba Ganoush’s Restaurant and asked if he could borrow his brand new Jeep Cruiser. Unfortunately, Ali had heard about the ‘Great Pudding Disaster of 2011’ and would not allow Ducky anywhere near his new jeep. Instead, he offered the services of Colonel Cornelius, a four humped Camel.

Pembleton was starting to become impatient after 15 minutes of waiting. Their friends, even though he didn’t know which ones, were in trouble. Just as he began to pace, Ducky and his new friend the Colonel, showed up. Ducky had even gotten supplies!

“Hop on! We got some trekking to do!” Ducky exclaimed.

“Wow, Ducky! Great job.” Pembleton said, as he hopped on and took the reins.

“Tally Ho.” Ted and Blizzard shouted as they ventured out in to the unforgiving desert.

"I'm getting Thirsty." -Ducky

“I’m getting Thirsty.” -Ducky

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Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 2

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 3

The Library.

“What does this mean?” Ducky asked. He had never heard of Bearistotle and he definitely didn’t know how knowledge made you thirsty! Hungry, maybe. But thirsty?

“Give me a second.” Pembleton said scratching his head.

“I know” Blizzard said. “Me too!” shouted Ted.

“What does it mean?” Pembleton and Ducky asked at the same time.

Blizzard explained, “Bearistotle was a very wise philosopher, scientist, honeyologist… you name it, he knew about it. Anyways, there is a library dedicated to him that isn’t far from here.”

“There is a statue out front and everything.” Ted added, “We learned all of this in Ms. Cottontail’s class. Weren’t you paying attention Pembleton?” He already knew Ducky wasn’t.

“Your right!” Pembleton shouted, “Let’s head over there right now. I bet that is the starting point on the map.”

***

When they made it over to the library, they marveled at the statue of Bearistotle drinking from the fountain of knowledge, or should we say honey.

“Wow, it’s beautiful.” Ducky said. It was hard for him not to dip his wings in to the fountain. Unfortunately, it was not actual honey, but gold plated statue. He was sad, but Pembleton got them back on task.

“I think this ancient writing must mean something. It has to be our next clue.” Pembleton said as he sent another message to Multilingual Mole.

“Your the second person this week to ask me about this writing!” replied Multilingual Mole. “The text says: THIS QUEST IS NOT FOR THE FAINT AT HEART. THIS IS THE BEGINNING THAT MANY HAVE STARTED, YET FEW CAN COMPLETE. THE TREASURE IS ONLY FOR THOSE WHO CAN UNLOCK THE TRUE MYSTERY OF THE DESERT SANDS.” Then a second text came from Multilingual Mole, “What is going on Pembleton? What is this quest?”

“I don’t know, but we are about to find out,” Pembleton replied.

To be continued…

Mmmm... Honey... I like where this is going. - Ducky

Mmmm… Honey… I like where this is going. – Ducky

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 1

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 2

While traveling in the Arabian desert, Ducky and the gang visited a small village, where their favorite restaurant, Ali Baba Ganoush, is located. They ordered a full spread: grapes, hummus, pita, and shakshouka (poached eggs in a tomato stew). They were enjoying themselves, when all of a sudden a disheveled monkey crawled through the door and collapsed. In his hands he gripped a map.

“Quick! Get some water!” Pembleton yelled as he came around the table to check on the poor fellow.

“Your friends are in danger. You must help them ” the monkey gasped as he handed the map to Pembleton.

Blizzard rushed over with a glass of water. Pembleton helped the monkey to a pillow in the corner of the restaurant and urged him to take a few sips, before he fell asleep, exhausted by the journey.

“I think he will be okay.” Pembleton said, “but he will need to spend a few days in the hospital resting.”

“What about the map?” Ducky asked. “And the friends he mentioned. Who needs our help?”

“I don’t know, Ducky, but we are going to find out.” Pembleton said as he looked at the map and examined it closer.

To be continued.

"Your friends are in danger"

“Your friends are in danger”

Ducky has been enjoying the food in Israel. He has been trying new things every day, but Pembleton has been a little less adventurous. Today, Pembleton bumped into Ducky during lunchtime. Ducky was holding a huge stuff sandwich with little balls, cabbage, tomatoes, and onions inside.

“What’s that Ducky? It looks tasty.”

“Yumm, Yumm, It’s falafel! Do you want some?”

“Umm, I don’t know, what’s falafel?”

“Fried goodness. It’s made of chickpeas that are mashed, seasoned and fried. Then it is stuffed into a yummy pita with hummas and veggies.”

“What’s hummas?”

“Stop asking questions, just eat!” Ducky shouted as he passed Pembleton his enormous sandwich.

After taking a small bite, Pembleton, took another, and another. “Wow, that’s pretty tasty. I like it.”

“Good, now get your own!”

Eating Falafel

“Ducky, what’s that? It looks tasty.”

On his way to deliver blankets and donations to animals of the North East, Ducky didn’t see a huge snow drift that had formed on the train tracks until the last second. He was busy shovelling coal into the Ducky Express’ engine. When he looked up it was too late to stop the train.

Ducky jumped and rolled into a soft snow pile. However, the train headed full speed into a gigantic mountain of snow that had blown onto the train tracks. There was a huge explosion of snow powder and then slow chugging as the train’s engine struggled against the snow.

Ducky inspected the wreckage to find that the train was completely stuck. What would he do? He needed to get those supplies to the animals, but how?

To be continued…

Not again. Pembleton is going to be so mad!

Not again. Pembleton is going to be so mad!

Today Pembleton had to make a tough decision. He went into the kitchen for a cookie and found that there was only one left. He held the cookie in his wings and thought about whether he should eat it by himself or share it with Ducky.

Suddenly a chubby angel and a chubby devil appeared on his shoulders. The devil said, “Quick, Eat the cookie before anyone sees you!”, but the angel said, “No! Share the cookie with Ducky. Wouldn’t he do the same for you?” The devil said, “No he wouldn’t!”.

Pembleton looked at the angel, then the devil, and then back at the cookie. Then he went and shared the cookie with Ted and Blizzard.

"To share or not to share, that is the question!"

“To share or not to share, that is the question!”

Ducky was outside exploring the frozen north when he was attacked by a giant blue, grumpy monster. The monster grabbed Ducky by the foot and brought him back to his icy cave. Lucky, when Ducky arrived the monsters son, Edgar knew how to speak animal. Ducky learned that Edgar and his father are Yeti and that Edgar’s father was grumpy due to his male pattern baldness. Ducky told Edgar that he could acquire a wig for his father, which made him much less grumpy.

When Ducky got home, he told Pembleton, Ted, and Blizzard what had happened. Ted and Blizzard were amazed, but Pembleton didn’t believe Ducky until Edgar waddled inside. Ducky went upstairs and found a suitable wig for Edgar’s dad, then Ducky invited the Yeti over for dinner, where they shared stories of amazing adventures.

Let me down!

Let me down!

Today is a special day at school. It is “Sharing Day” and everyone is bringing something to share with the class. Ted and Blizzard are bringing their favorite Pumpkin Snickerdoodle cookies to share. Pembleton is sharing his ant colony he has been raising and Ducky is sharing his blog with the class. He wants to share his stories and pictures from his adventures with the other students. He even brought a book of his stories to give to his teacher, Mrs. Cottontail, to add to their story time collection.

If you had a Sharing Day at school, what would you like to share with your fellow classmates?

Remember any day is a good day to share Ducky’s blog with family or friends. Who wouldn’t enjoy fun & exciting stories about little animals doing big things?

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Pembleton the scientist explains the science of seed

How do seeds grow?

Earlier this week Ducky asked Pembleton, “How do seeds grow?” Pembleton got really excited and went to his study to retrieve lots of charts and figures of seeds and plants. Pointing to the seed, Pembleton started by explaining, “Seeds have something called DNA. DNA is a plan to build the entire plant from one tiny seed. The seed gathers energy and materials to grow from water, soil, and food stored inside the seed. Given water and soil with plenty of minerals, the seed will slowly add roots and leaves until it becomes a full grown plant.”

Ducky asked, “Can we grow an apple tree in the backyard?”

Pembleton said, “Yeah! Where will you get an apple seed?”

Ducky went to the kitchen and came back with two halves of a shiny red caramel apple. After eating the apple, Pembleton helped to extract the apple seeds. Then they went the backyard, made a small hole in the corner of the backyard, and planted the apple seed.

Two minutes later, Ducky asked why the plant wasn’t growing yet. Pembleton said, “Some plants, like apple trees, take years to grow.”

Until next time, Pembleton reminds you to KEEP BEING CURIOUS!

If you have a question for Pembleton, leave it in the comment section.

Tomorrow is Election Day and Ducky wants to remind you to vote, for him.

Over the weekend, after seeing some political commercials, Ducky decided to run for President of All Humans. His background as self proclaimed Emperor of all Fowl, provides him with experience and know how on how to get the job done.

Plus, Pembleton is running as his Vice President. Pembleton has lots of leadership experience, and experience getting Ducky out of trouble.

Their platform:

  1. Snack time and Recess for all (naps optional).
  2. Macaroni and Cheese Fridays.
  3. Stricter rules on the ownership of exotic animals.
  4. All koala sales bears must register with the Better Business Bureau.
  5. As VP, Pembleton promises to help protect Antarctica.
Ducky's Election Campaign

Keep America Wild.

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While the gang has been having fun with Halloween this week, they have also been busy helping with Hurricane Sandy Relief. They have received several distress calls from animals who are stranded by flood waters or without food or shelter. Pembleton arranged for everyone to head up to the north east to help. The Lambs passed out blankets and snacks at an animal shelter, while Ducky and Pembleton searched for stranded animals, who needed help.

If you would like to also help, please visit the Red Cross website.

Animals helping animals who need rescuing during Hurricane Sandy

“Don’t worry, we got you!”

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Ducky, Pembleton and the rest of the gang are excited to introduce Boo, The Jack-O-Lantern! They worked hard to carve him and are excited to share Boo with all the trick or treaters tomorrow!

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* Check out last years Jack-O-Lantern pictures!

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