Ducks have webbed feet. I think Ben even knows this. How hard is it to draw webbed feet? The fact these this particular fowl have golf-club feet indicates they are not of a common duck genus; nor even a member of the family of Anatidae. But, rather, this appears to be a gaggle of mutant Kangaroo Duck. The "mama duck" appears to have a "joey duck". There is a mound of green grass but the Kangaroo Duck appears to feed on the shards of black "I"s and "M"s found where they stand precariously close to the edge of the stream. The candy-corn shaped bills indicate pecking. We will have a copy of Edward Lear's "The Duck and The Kangaroo" placed on order to eliminate any confusion this illustration may have caused for our young biologist.
You will also notice that the "sunshine" in this picture is actually a soccer ball. And, although the print shop clearly had the color yellow on hand, the sunshine remains white. It could be that the "artist" intended to present white light yet unseparated by a prism. However, my instincts tell me that this whiteout was because the "artist" was as high as this soccer ball when the scene was rendered. Someone forgot to put the "yellow" number on this paint-by-number eyeball in the sky.
Yes, it is a subtle silliness that pervades our home. We are all about animals, shapes and colors these days. We are, simultaneously, working on Benjamin's art appreciation and looking forward to the My Kids Closet consignment sale coming up at the Hamilton Fairgrounds. Who knows what sort of wacky attire I am going to bring home this time!