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The conclusion:

The Ducky Express was hopelessly trapped in a pile of snow, but Ducky needed to get the blankets and supplies to the animals of the North East. To make matters worse, Ducky was starting to get really cold!

Ducky called Pembleton and asked him what he should do? Pembleton told Ducky to stay where he was and that he was on his way. Just as Ducky was beginning to lose hope, he heard a faint “Mush! Mush!” in the background. After a couple of minutes, Ducky saw Pembleton in the distance riding a dogsled. Ducky started cheering, “Hooray! Hooray!”

Using the dogsled, Ducky and Pembleton were able to load all of the supplies and carry them to the donation center where they were distributed to hundreds of animals.

The end!

Mush! Mush!

Mush! Mush!

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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!

Last week Mrs. Cottontail received a letter from the North East Animal Society requesting help from animals all around the United States. This winter has been very chilly and with many animals losing their homes during hurricane Sandy, they need extra help to stay warm.

Mrs. Cottontail had the little guys make signs and go door to door asking for blankets and sweaters for animals of all sizes. They received so many donations! Especially from the snow birds in Florida who didn’t need the blankets they brought with them in the fall. They received so many donations, they weren’t sure how to deliver them.  Pembleton had already headed to up north to assemble a group of volunteers to help distribute the donations, so Ducky had to come up with a plan to deliver all the goods. Since Pembleton wasn’t there to tell Ducky “No”, Ducky got his train out of storage, and volunteered to take them up himself on the Ducky Express! He was on his way and this time he was going to follow the rules of the rails and not get in trouble (or so he hoped).

To be continued…

Chugga Chugga! CHOO CHOO!

Chugga Chugga! CHOO CHOO!

Ducky and Pembleton took Ted and Blizzard to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. When Ted asked Ducky why we celebrate Dr. King’s Birthday, Ducky explained that Dr. King was the first man with X-ray vision and that he had super strength.

Then Pembleton butted in and explained how Ducky was all wrong. “Actually”, Pembleton said, “Dr. King fought inequality with peaceful protests, and taught us to treat each other equally.”

Then Ducky asked if he had to treat the Lambs equally, and Pembleton said, “Yes, even the Lambs.”

"I have a Dream too!"

“I have a Dream too!”

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!

Ducky and Pembleton were called in to rescue a rat that had gotten stuck in the wall after feasting on too many holiday goodies. When Ducky and Pembleton got to the house they found two legs and a rat tail sticking out of the wall.

Ducky went and got the butter to lubricate the rat. Several sticks of butter later, they managed to pull the rat out of the hole by his tail. They all agreed that the rat needed to find a home with a larger front door, so Ducky arranged for the rat to stay with a family of Opossums until he could find a new place.

"Butter makes it better!

“Butter makes it better!

Pembleton's Lab #6 The Sun

“The Sun is a giant burning ball of gas!” said Pembleton as Ducky giggled.

Mrs. Cottontail urged Pembleton to continue his report, while she gave Ducky “the stink eye”.

“Like I said, the Sun is a star and all stars are made up of mostly gases. When the gas burns it produces heat and light. Our Sun produces most of the energy that sustains life on Earth. It provides plants with food through photosynthesis. It helps to power homes and cars through solar power.” Pembleton confidently read his report. After he was done the class cheered.

“Any questions?” Pembleton asked.

“Can we visit the Sun?” Ducky asked.

“We are unable to visit the Sun for many reasons. One, it is too hot. Two, it is too far away. Three, we have recess in 5 minutes.” Pembleton answered. “But I did bring these awesome pictures of the Sun from a book I got at NASA. Do you want to see?” The whole class sat a little taller to get a better view as Pembleton showed them a few of his favorite photographs.

Basketball is Pembleton’s favorite sport. So Pembleton was super excited when Mrs. Cottontail told her class about the annual basketball fundraiser. Both Ducky and Pembleton signed up to play, and the whole animal community showed up to the game.

Ted and Blizzard cheered from the sidelines and Amanda Panda kept yelling for Ducky to slam dunk the ball. During the game Pembleton scored one basket. Ducky had a little trouble aiming the ball and never managed to score. When the buzzer sounded Ducky tossed the ball into the air over the basket and into the audience. The crowd cheered! They rushed down to the court and carried both Ducky and Pembleton out of the gymnasium on their shoulders.

The fundraiser earned lots of money for the local humane society, and Mrs. Cottontail said she was proud of them for playing so well.

Nothing but net!

Nothing but net!

Ducky and the gang finished their East coast road trip yesterday as they drove through Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and finally to New York! This was their least favorite part of the trip. They were tired and grumpy. While Pembleton, Blizzard and Ted were comfortable with the the cold temperature, Ducky was not! But now that they are in New York and have had some rest, they are ready for more adventures!

During the Holidays it is important to think about those less fortunate than you. This year, Ducky and the gang bought gifts to give to the local Animal Humane Society. Ted and Blizzard were so excited to be spreading Christmas cheer to their buddies!

Pembleton brought flea medicine and new colorful collars with matching leashes for everyone. Blizzard brought several balls of yarn for the kittens. Ted brought tennis balls for the puppies. And Ducky brought homemade baked cookies for everyone! The cookies almost didn’t make it to the tree, but thankfully Mrs. Lamb wrapped them up before he could eat them all.

4 more days til Christmas!

Angel Tree for the animals

This is our favorite part of Christmas!- Ted & Blizzard

Ducky and the gang had a special visitor earlier today. While on a practice run for the big night next week, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer stopped by to say “hi”.  He  joined Ducky, Pembleton, Ted, and Blizzard for some reindeer games. They played leap frog, ring around the rosie, “duck, duck, Ducky” and “who can jump the highest”. They shared lots of laughs before Rudolph had to head back to the North Pole.

5 Days til Christmas!

Reindeer and snowman with Ducky and Friends

I think your nose is glowing!

The Lambs took time off from bell ringing this Christmas season, to do  a little shopping and celebrating of their own at a German Christmas Market. They had some Lebkuchen (a type of soft gingerbread cookie) and hot cocoa. They bought each other some nice German crafted gifts and some wooden toys for the Animal Humane Society’s Angel Tree.

6 Days Til Christmas!

Gesegnete Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr! (A blessed Christmas and  a Happy New Year!)

Gesegnete Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr!
(A blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!)

Ducky, Pembleton, Ted and Blizzard had their first snow day of the school year yesterday. They were so excited. They had just seen Frosty the Snowman on T.V.  Even though they do not have a magic hat, they still wanted to make a new winter friend.

Pembleton made the base, Ducky made the middle, and the little guys tried to make the head, but they needed a little help. Pembleton got a latter and placed the head on top. Ted added the eyes, Blizzard added a smile, Pembleton added the nose, while Ducky added the arms.

After the snowman was complete, Ducky thought it would be fun to have a SNOWBALL FIGHT! He scooped up a ball of snow and hurled it at Pembleton. It was a direct hit.  Pembleton at first was shocked and then he laughed. He is the fastest snowball maker in town and within seconds he was ready for his attack.  Their winter wonderland was transformed into a snowy battle.

Afterwards, they came inside to warm up by the fire and have some hot cocoa.

7 Days til Christmas!

Ready, Aim, Fire, SPLAT!

Ready, Aim, Fire, SPLAT!

Ducky and the Gang are so excited about the holidays. They can’t wait for Santa to come, for the cookies, and merry making.  With only 13 more days til Christmas,  they can hardly stand it!

Yesterday Ducky and Pembleton were able to complete their letters to Santa, with the help of Ted and Blizzard. While they had one more day til the deadline, they didn’t want to wait one more minute. They put on their scarves and headed to Downtown Bryan. After mailing their letters, they got cookies at the bakery, toys for the angel tree, and donated their leftover coins to the the Lambs collecting money for charity.

When they got back home, they sat in Pembleton’s office near the fire and had hot cocoa. After relaxing for a bit, Ducky exclaimed “This is going to be the best Christmas ever!”

"I hope Santa gets our letters in time!"

“I hope Santa gets our letters in time!”

14 more days til Christmas!

The deadline for mailing a letter to Santa is Wednesday. Ducky is still working on his letter and is nervous he won’t finish on time! He still has to check to make sure he has everything, and has not forgotten one single toy. He also has to spell check his list, which may be an impossible task. Last year he asked for “world peas”, and he received a bag of peas from around the world, instead of World Peace!

Pembleton is worried about the deadline as well. He was so busy with his school work, he almost forgot to write his letter to Santa. Thankfully Ducky reminded him.

Pembleton is hoping Santa will bring him a new telescope, safety sashes, and matching sweaters for him and Blizzard. He is currently on his third rough draft. He hopes to have his letter looking perfect, before Wednesday when they mail their letters.

Dear Santa

1. A shiny new telescope.

15 more days til Christmas!

P.S. Happy Hanukkah!

Ducky writes to santa.

Dear Santa, I promise I’ve been good this year.

Last night Ducky needed some peace and quiet, while he worked on his letter to Santa. First he tried working at the kitchen table, but the Lambs were busy making sugar cookies. Then he tried working at the coffee table, but Pembleton was watching a NOVA special on Mars. Finally he went to Pembleton’s office and locked the door, so he could fully concentrate on his letter to Santa. He wanted to make sure it was perfect and most importantly that he didn’t forget anything. He would cry if he forgot to list a whoopee cushion, tickets to Disney World, or a new horn for Ducky Ducky Bang Bang. After several hours, his letter and list were finally complete. Now all he needs is an envelope big enough to fit his letter.

20 more days til Christmas.

Ducky and the gang are still decorating for Christmas. They enjoy adding something new each day as they count down til Christmas. Today they are making sure their stockings are hung with extra sturdy nails for all the goodies Santa will fill them up with on Christmas Eve.

21 more days til Christmas.

Baby animals with their stockings.

I think your stocking might be bigger than mine!

This weekend, Ducky and the gang were busy decorating their beautiful Christmas tree that Ducky picked out last Friday. They put in their favorite Christmas movie, the Muppets’ Christmas Carol, and untangled all the lights. They wrapped the tree with lights. Then carefully unpacked the ornaments and found the perfect branch for each one. After Pembleton placed the star on top and Ducky placed a few presents underneath the tree, the gang turned down the lights to marvel at the tree.

Only 22 days til Christmas!

The gang are decorating the Christmas Tree

“A little to the left, Pembleton.”

This weekend Ducky and the gang are decorating the house for Christmas. They are ready to string lights, hang stocking, and of course put all the bells and whistles on the tree.  Every year, they get a special Christmas tree from Woody the beaver in the animal forest. This year’s tree is by far the most beautiful tree Ducky has ever seen. He couldn’t wait to tie the tree to Ducky Ducky Bang Bang and bring it home to Pembleton and the rest of the gang.

How beautiful are your branches!

How beautiful are your branches!

At school Amanda Panda invited Pembleton and Ducky to a fancy tea party at her house. She also told them to dress nice. Ducky and Pembleton had other plans, but didn’t know how to tell Amanda no.

On their way home Ducky and Pembleton were wondering what they should wear. Then Ducky remembered they had brand new suits at home. They went home and dropped off their book bags and lunch boxes. They quickly got dressed. As they were admiring themselves in the mirror, Ducky asked “How do I look?”

“Pretty spiffy,” Pembleton responded. “How do I look?”

“Awesome! Now lets go before we get in trouble. You know Amanda doesn’t like us to be late.” Ducky said as he grabbed his war hammer and was out the door.

When they got to the party, Amanda Panda and Penelope the Penguin, were setting up the tea party with tea and cookies on the table. Then with one look at the two boys, Amanda Panda began to fill with anger.

“What are you two wearing? I told you to dress nice! This is a fancy tea party!”

“What are you talking about?” Ducky asked. “We are wearing the fanciest suits we own.”

“Do you know how hard it is to get authentic Captain American and Thor costumes? These are collectables!” Pembleton replied.

Amanda Panda huffed and ate a cookie, while Penelope just smiled and said “I think you make a good Captain American, Pembleton. But Ducky, that wig is crazy.”

After enjoying her cookie Amanda Panda cooled off, but demanded Ducky not put his war hammer on the table.

“What do you think you are wearing?”

First snow fall of the new winter season.

It’s Snowing! Hooray!

Yesterday after school, Ducky and the gang were enjoying a nice afternoon inside. Pembleton was reading a science book, while Ducky was playing with his toy truck. Ted and Blizzard were getting restless and wanted to go outside. They went to the window to make sure it wasn’t raining, because it was so overcast. When they looked out they couldn’t believe what they saw, so they had to get a closer look. So close their noses were pressed against the cold glass.

“It’s snowing Ducky, I can’t believe it,” cried Ted.

Pembleton put away his book and Ducky slid his truck under his bed, before heading to the window to investigate for themselves. Before they knew it, Blizzard had gotten their scarves out of the closet and they were headed outside to enjoy the first day of snow.

Last night, Ducky had a scary dream. He dreamed that he was an angry cyclops. Everyone one was scared of him, even Ted. Cyclops Ducky was so sad he went to the kitchen to get a gingerbread cookie, and even his cookie ran away! Ducky Cyclops became even more angry because he was sad. He let out a loud bellow and began to cry.

“Wake up, Wake up!” Pembleton shouted as Ducky tossed and turned in bed. “You are having a bad dream.”

Ducky was so thankful his brother was there to wake him up. At this point Ted and Blizzard were also awake and wanted to know what was wrong. Ducky told them all about his dream and at the end, Ted gave him a hug. Ducky felt much better after telling him about his dreams and being reassured he was not a cyclops. As he drifted back to sleep he wondered, if there were still any gingerbread cookies in the kitchen.

Ducky Cyclopes

“Why is everyone running away from me?”

Pembleton's Lab 5: Snowflakes

Snowflakes are crystals made from water.

Today Ducky was jumping to catch early morning snowflakes in his mouth, when he asked Pembleton, “Why are snowflakes different from raindrops?”.

Pembleton said, “that is an interesting scientific question” and he asked the Lambs if they would retrieve some charts from his lab so that he could fully explain. Pembleton started, “Snowflakes and raindrops are both made of water”.

Ducky interrupted dancing with one wing in the air, “… but if they are both made of water, why do they look different?”.

“I’m getting to that! When the temperature is low, around 32 degrees Fahrenheit or 0 degrees Celcius, the water that would normally fall as raindrops turns into crystals. When these crystals grow, they form what we call snowflakes. During the 1920s, a scientist named ‘Snowflake Bentley’ took thousands of pictures of snowflakes showing the world that almost all snowflakes have different shapes.”

Ducky asked, “How do you know so much about snowflakes, Pembleton?”

“Snowflakes were my very first scientific interest. A large fluffy snowflake was the first thing I saw on the day that I hatched in the South Pole. Ever since then I have been studying these amazing little crystals.”

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

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

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