The Amazing Flight of Little Ray
February 2018 by V. R. Duin


Little Ray heard, “What's that, Mommy?”
“It's a pancake shark, my little Tommy.”
“ If it's a shark, why can't it get away?”
“ Maybe it can't figure out the way.”
(“The Amazing Flight of Little Ray”)

“The Amazing Flight of Little Ray”, from a series of short moral stories for children about flying stingrays, helps establish patterns of goal setting and practice to achieve lofty goals.

According to Bustle, a recent Harris Poll showed that only 36% of Americans believe in UFOs. Little Ray wants everyone to believe in Identified Flying Stingrays. Taking a leap out of the water is common among fish, including those in fish ponds, fish bowls or aquariums. Most fish can jump out of the water and hurl themselves through the air. Flying fish can glide for hundreds of feet over the water surface. It is faster and more energy saving for fish to move through air than through water. However, they rarely are in control of their flight motion. Certainly, this lack of flight control becomes a problem for the flying stingray in “The Amazing Flight of Little Ray”, the first book in his series of short moral stories for children.

Shortly after moving to Florida, V. R. Duin watched a flying stingray soar through the air and splash back into the water. That amazing little stingray achieved a height of about seven feet above the water. The sighting inspired “The Amazing Flight of Little Ray”, the first book in a series of short moral stories for children. Perhaps flying stingrays cannot yet soar as high as birds. Stingrays also may not glide the distance of other flying fish. However, Little Ray can teach children a lot about goal setting and practicing to achieve their most lofty of goals. Little Ray's efforts and experience make it clear that children do not need wings to soar to great height.

Many creatures do not use wings to fly. Stingrays take flight with fins that look like wings. Much as stingrays make use of fins to fly, other animals can soar great distances using other flight apparatuses, such as skin flaps. Among these are mammals like flying squirrels, reptiles like flying geckos, amphibians like flying frogs and arthropods like ballooning spiders. Oceanic squid are mollusks that can shoot a jet of water to boost themselves into the air. “The Amazing Flight of Little Ray” finds him bound and determined to become the first flying stingray with full flight control. In his short moral stories for children, Little Ray proves that nobody needs wings to exceed all limits.

Leaping into the air can help flying stingrays evade capture by bigger fish or other predators in the water. These amazing flights may afford temporary relief from something about the water that is not quite right, such as the temperature or the level and type of contaminants. Taking flight can rid fish of parasites. These amazing flights may be sudden or they may follow preflight preparations or practice sessions, like in “The Amazing Flight of Little Ray”. When under stress and before taking flight, stingrays and their shark relatives may vomit to discharge their stomach contents and lighten their load. In the first book in his series of short moral stories for children, Little Ray takes to the air to help children achieve lofty goals by establishing patterns of goal setting and practice.

A fish may take amazing flight for visual orientation or for navigation around obstacles. The view from above may help fish map their migration routes. In “The Amazing Flight of Little Ray”, from a series of short moral stories for children, it is clear that fish can see in the air and in the water. However, their view from the air is limited by the fact that few fish can breathe while they are in the air. Readers of Little Ray's experience in the air know it is not one of comfort. While fish are out of the water, their gills collapse. However, jumping out of the water can be useful and entertaining to fish. Flying stingrays may soar into the air for pure enjoyment. Perhaps, they are even showing off. Like their stingray cousins, sharks often hurl themselves through the air.

Whether they are leaping through the air or racing along in the water, flying sharks can catch flying stingrays. It is a good thing that Little Ray gets along with the shark that co-stars in “Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up”, the second seafaring adventure in Little Ray's series of short moral stories for children. Each of the books in Little Ray's children's book series uses riveting action to expose subtle moral and marine life lessons. Get children buzzing about fun marine animal facts and amazing flight discoveries. In “Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up”, children also experience the power of teamwork over the cowardly tactics of bullying. There will be no more running away, when heroic collaboration is needed.

In “The Amazing Flight of Little Ray”, while using his mighty “wings” to propel above water and into the sky, this flying stingray meets with misadventure in the air. As comes naturally, Little Ray uses his bravery and cunning to make a safe return to his home at sea. Someday, this flying stingray may make an amazing flight that becomes newsworthy. He might even impress a mate. For now, let's just be glad that Little Ray still can practice his flying leaps. With a little help from friends, Little Ray certainly beat all expectations for his amazing flight. To inspire the children watching him, Little Ray will continue his efforts to exceed all bounds.

While governments look for UFOs, Little Ray puts on real flying shows. Little Ray is practicing hard to break the record he set for flying stingrays in “The Amazing Flight of Little Ray”. This little stingray takes to the air, again and again, to motivate children to reach high goals. An albatross travels at great speed and can glide around the world without landing and without constant flapping of its wings. Little Ray hopes to catch an updraft and a stream of wind that will enable him to forever exceed the bounds of the world's greatest of flying stingrays. Is there any reason why flying stingrays or determined children cannot glide around the world like albatrosses? Little Ray believes his short moral stories for children can motivate anyone to make amazing flights to new heights at school, at work and in the community.

  • Why do Rays Leap through the Air?

    • Flying Stingrays admin says:

      Sharks leaping into the air and slapping the water upon return to the sea can be scarier to people than flying stingrays.

    • Amazing Flight admin says:

      Mama Ray allowed Little Ray to prepare for a better future with the skills, habits and confidence earned in “The Amazing Flight of Little Ray”.

      • short moral stories for childrenadmin says:

        In Little Ray's short moral stories for children, it takes a luck, ingenuity, and help from others to soar to great height.