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ART – Edgar Papke

HATUPATU – A Story
The story of Hatupatu is a story of love and generosity… the greatest gifts of all,
and is inspired by a then six-year old Turner Papke’s imaginative character and illustration.

Day after day, week after week, Hatupatu stayed in the house.
Day after day, week after week, the birds and the lizards watched him.
Day after day, week after week, he would sit and look out his window.
Day after day, week after week, his mother would ask him.
“Hatupatu, why don’t you go out? It would make you happy.”

Day after day, from his window, Hatupatu watched the sun rise.
He watched the birds fly across the sky and listened to the wind in the trees.
Day after day, he watched other children run and play
Day after day, he stayed in the house, and his mother would ask him.
“Hatupatu, why don’t you go out? It would make you happy.”

One day, as Hatupatu looked out his window, a cat jumped onto the sill.
But when he reached out to touch it, the cat jumped down.
“Meow. Meow.” The cat said to Hatupatu.
Hatupatu watched as the cat began walking away and he became curious
“Hatupatu, go play with the cat.” His mother said. “It will make you happy.”

Hatupatu went to the door. “Meow. Meow.” The cat called to him.
He became more curious and with great courage, he stepped outside.
The cat walked toward the forest and Hatupatu followed it.
The forest was full of brightly colored flowers and vines that sparkled in the sun.
As they walked among the trees, the birds and lizards watched them.

Suddenly, from behind the trees, an old woman appeared.
Hatupatu wasn’t afraid, for she appeared kind and gentle.
On her shoulders sat birds of bright colors and she wore beautiful flowers in her hair.
“Hatupatu,” cackled the birdwoman, “These are my helpers.
I have sent them to watch over you and to bring you here today.”

“Hatupatu, you live in a wonderful world that has been waiting for you.
Day after day, week after week, it’s been waiting for you.”
Hatupatu looked at the magical forest and smiled.
“It has much to offer you. And listen to me carefully, Hatupatu.
I need you to help me take care of it. To help be its keeper.”

“Hatupatu, will you promise to not just watch from your window?
To help be a keeper and care for this forest and the animals that live in it?”
Hatupatu smiled, “Yes, I promise!” he declared.
The birds and animals cheered and the birdwoman smiled with delight.
“Hatupatu, for your wonderful deeds you will be rewarded.”

“Ah-choo!” sneezed the cat and the ladybug flew over to rest on a big pine tree.
“Hatupatu, this is a very special tree. It is now your tree to care for.
And every year, you will come here and decorate it with fruit and nuts.
And animals from throughout the forest will come to eat from it.
It will be a reminder of your promise and will be a gift to you.”

“A gift for me?” asked Hatupatu.  “Yes.” smiled the birdwoman.
“The tree will remind you of how good it feels to take care of the forest.
When you decorate the tree, it will remind you of the gift of giving.
That when you are generous, you are receiving the greatest gift of all.”
Hatupatu smiled and began dancing about. “I am so happy!”

Year after year, Hatupatu decorated the beautiful pine tree with fruit and nuts.
He and the cat would sit and watch the birds and animals eat from the tree.
Hatupatu invited other children and together they danced around the tree.
Day after day, week after week they would all gather to help care for the forest.
“Hatupatu, we’re so glad you invited us.” They would say. “It makes us all so happy.”

Day after day, week after week, Hatupatu rose with the sun and went outside.
Day after day, week after week, the birds and the lizards watched him.
Day after day, week after week, he would care for the forest and animals.
Day after day, week after week, his mother would say to him.
“Hatupatu, I’m glad you go out everyday. It makes you so happy.”