The Littlest Frog of All

by Sarah Anne Harrington

written for Olivia Mikayla Harrington

Once upon a time, there was a small pond in the middle of nowhere. Many frogs lived in that pond. Every morning, the frogs would wake up, climb out of their beds, and get in a line. Then all of the frogs would jump "hippity hop, drop plop, splash!" into the water. There, they would swim, play, and eat tasty water bugs until the sun went down.

But there was one frog who didn't jump "hippity hop, drop plop, splash!" into the pond with the other frogs. Her name was Ripple, and she was the littlest frog of all. Ripple didn't know how to jump "hippity hop, drop plop, splash!" into the water like the other frogs of the pond. She just sat in her nest all day and wove long grass into baskets.

Every afternoon, when the frogs climbed out of the water to have lunch, they asked Ripple; "Why do you sit in your nest all day? Why don't you come into the water to play?"

Each time the frogs asked this, Ripple replied; "I am too small to swim and to play. I like to sit in my nest and make baskets all day." She showed them the pretty baskets that she had woven that day, but the other frogs just laughed at her.

Still, every day, the frogs of the pond woke up and jumped "hippity hop, drop plop, splash!" into the pond, and Ripple stayed in her nest and wove her little grass baskets.

Now, a duck lived in the same pond that Ripple and the other frogs lived in. His name was King Quackers. He ruled the pond, and was only happy when things were in order. Every Monday, King Quackers would swim all around the pond and make sure the frogs were jumping "hippity hop, drop plop, splash!" into the water like they were supposed to. If the frogs didn't jump "hippity hop, drop plop, splash!" into the water, King Quackers would pick them up and throw them into the pond!

That day, as King Quackers was swimming around the pond, he spotted Ripple in her nest making a basket.

"What are you doing, Ripple?" King Quackers asked. "Why aren't you jumping "hippity hop, drop plop, splash!" into the water with the other frogs?"

Ripple replied; "I am too small to small to jump "hippity hop, drop plop, splash!" into the pond with the other frogs. I am just a tadpole."

"Well, look at you, now!" King Quackers commanded. Ripple looked down, and saw that she had a nice pair of legs!

"Thank you, King Quackers!" Ripple cried. And then she dropped her basket and jumped "hippity hop, drop plop, splash!" into the pond with all of the other frogs.

The end!