Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The small girl & the tiny frog

 Late one summer's evening a small girl and her mama found a tiny frog in a leaf of a basil bush.

After several failed attempts to catch the frog the mama gave up and watched it jump away out of the door of the hot house. But the small girl was eager and quicker and caught the tiny frog between the palms of her two hands.

And then she just stood there with her face so close to the frog's face, chatting and singing and asking it questions.

His name is Sammy! she announced after a bit and then took him inside to meet her sisters and her dog.

And after a while, although Sammy frog was a very polite and friendly house guest, the small girl decided it was time for the tiny frog to go home.

So the tiny frog, the small girl and her mama popped their boots on and walked down to the house dam to set the frog free.

Very slowly and carefully the small girl put her frog filled hand in the water.

But the frog jumped out of the water and up her arm.

Very slowly and carefully the small girl lowered her arm and the frog even deeper into the water.

But the tiny frog just climbed further up her arm.

That's it! cried the small girl, Sammy frog wants to live with me forever!
And she allowed herself to dream dreams of a wonderful, happily ever after with a water-lily filled aquarium in her bedroom and meals of freshly caught flies and bugs.

But as soon as she started to have those dreams, Sammy the tiny frog changed his mind and took a huge leap off the small girl's arm, up into the air, and then down into the dam.

He was a great swimmer too, kicking his legs in big froggy kicks all the way to the side bank.

And although the small girl said she would miss that tiny frog, it was probably just as well he'd gone home because it was getting dark and close to bed time and his froggy mama and family were probably getting worried about him.

I bet that tiny frog slept well after his great big adventure in the hands of the small girl, I know she certainly did.


  1. such beautiful, valuable learning going on, and how lovely for her that she can come and read about her adventures later :)sarah

  2. Best story I've heard in a very lonnnng time. :)

  3. Adorable, and reminding me of a small girl and Boris the toad 40 years ago :)

  4. If that were a book.... I would buy it for my small boy! He would love it! Beautiful.

  5. Lovely...I hope the book you are writing is a children's story book.

  6. Yep, agreed Tara! If that were a book, it would be on our shelves, and shared with friends. What a life Pepper and your girls lead. Magical!

  7. Hey so sweet. Your frog looks like the ones we have living in our garden and they aren't huge water lovers. Funny for a frog. Oh and we havn't caught any but petted a couple. They got used to us.

  8. The little girl was very happy to play with frogs, but he also knew the frog's apparently not possible to be with him always because different places.

  9. Beautiful story Pepper will cherish when she grows up!! You are indeed a wonderful story builder Kate!! :)

  10. Your little friend is a Southern Brown Tree Frog common in our neck of the woods. They like hiding in damp foliage, around pot plants and especially on windows at night where moths and bugs are attracted to the house light. They sometimes collect on windows and feast on the bugs. If you keep a curtain open, you might see some at night.

  11. What a lovely story with a happy ending. Even my hubby was enchanted.

  12. Lúdica!Estou emocionada....Vá escrever histórias infantis e juvenis menina doce.Beijos.

  13. How wonderful and sweet. When I was around 10 I spent an entire summer with my friends rescuing frogs from drains, we built a frog hotel and had about 25 rescuees by the end of summer! We lived right next to a lake so at the end of the summer we took them and released them, they kept swimming back so it took us a while to convince them to go!

  14. Gorgeous, thanks for the most delightful story, little girls and little frogs are just magical

  15. Love the way you wrote this post xx

  16. Your story put a big smile on my face and brought back many memories of catching many a frog in the creeks and ponds when I was a little girl! Thanks... :)

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  18. Aww, little Sammy.
    So sweet, Kate.

  19. Pepper!! Sammy has grown a little bit and he hopped all the way to Bellingen and he is living in our letterbox!

  20. You weave an enchanting tale Kate, super sweet to read about your smallest girl and her Sammy! we had 2 babies on the windows last night, love frogs so much!

  21. That froggy is so cute and tiny! We have a few like that around here though we seem to specialize in GIANT green frogs :-)

  22. What a lovely tale, you should think about publishing it xx

  23. see, this is why you live where you do and live how you do. Your children have the childhood that others dream about. Invaluable.

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  25. Oh that is so beautiful and so well said xx

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  28. You melt me with your stories Kate, this one especially.

    Rach x

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