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The experience inspired Nieves to tell the story of Goose’s life to honor her then-8-year-old’s treasured pet and share the message with other children.
“You remember your first pets — you love them deeply,” she said. “It’s just celebrating that love.”
As Nieves and her son grieved their lost friend, she began crafting a rhyming tale about Goose’s feathered antics around their farm, where he grew up alongside chickens and habitually dug his beak into the dirt. Her first book, “A Duck Named Goose,” was born.
The seemingly lighthearted story works through the real-life challenges of saying goodbye to a friend or loved one. It recounts the best days of Goose, along with the morning when he disappeared.
“One of the hardest things in life is to lose someone close to you,” Nieves said. “When you’ve lost your first pet, how do you tell a child that and let them know it’s a new beginning?”
Nieves, 42, created her own publishing company — Mama Picky Pants — and released the book last January, illustrated by graphic artist Danyol Murphy.
Nieves is already working on a second book — this one about a ladybug who goes to school.
While she has spent the past 13 years running her own insurance agency for Country Financial in
Her son is now 11 and growing out of picture books, but Nieves has visited several elementary schools to share the story with students.
Nieves published the book in both English and Spanish — calling on the help of her husband, a native Spanish speaker, as well as Spanish-speaking friends from a variety of dialects.
“One of my favorite things is to read the story to children in both languages when I go to classrooms,” she said.
Nieves said the book is available in both languages at
She plans to publish any of her future books in both languages as well.
The books are available for
“I just really believe every child deserves access to quality books,” she said.
Missing duck sparks a story
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