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Underneath the Crape Myrtle Tree by Steena Hernandez

Two turtles on the edge of a pond
(drawing of a deer resting beneath a Crape Myrtle tree by Dylan Hernandez)


Underneath the crape myrtle tree…

Deer curled up to take a break,

her tummy was full and round.

She knew it was almost time

to meet her special surprise.

With her nose pointed toward the sky,

she shook morning dew from her head.

Her leaf-shaped ears hung wide and flat,

showed she was calm and ready.

Steady, focused, with a peaceful breath,

she gave a gentle push.

In the soft grass, upon taking in new light,

Deer spotted her baby fawn.

Underneath the crape myrtle tree…

Deer and Baby say hello

bathing in kisses and new beginnings.


Dylan Hernandez is nine years old and is enjoying his first year of homeschool with his younger sister. His favorite books are the I Survived series. When he’s not reading or playing piano, he loves to draw and create art. He was the 2021 PTA Reflections recipient of the overall award for excellence with his Save The Sea Turtles art project.

Steena Hernandez lives in San Antonio with her family and a beta fish, Mr. Bubbles. This year, she is enjoying the rewarding endeavor of homeschooling her two children. When night falls and all is quiet, she finds time to write. She holds a BFA from Texas Tech University, and is an active member of SCBWI, Julie Hedland’s 12x12 Picture Book Challenge, and was a 2022 Las Musas Hermana.


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