Select the desired text size
Story of the first frog.
From The Book of Nature Myths by Florence Holbrook.
Start of Story
Once upon a time there was a man who had two children, a boy and a girl,
whom he treated cruelly. The boy and the girl talked together one day,
and the boy, Wah-wah-hoo, said to his sister, "Dear little sister, are
you happy with our father?"
"No," answered the girl, whose name was Hah-hah. "He scolds me and beats
me, and I can never please him."
"He was angry with me this morning," said the boy, "and he beat me till
the blood came. See there!"
"Let us run away," said Hah-hah. "The beasts and the birds will be good
to us. They really love us, and we can be very happy together."
That night the two children ran away from their cruel father. They went
far into the forest, and at last they found a wigwam in which no one
When the father found that Wah-wah-hoo and his sister were gone, he was
very unhappy. He went out into the forest to see if he could find them.
"If they would only come again," he said aloud, "I would do everything I
could to please them."
"Do you think he tells the truth?" asked the wolf.
"I do not know," answered the mosquito. "He never treated them well when
they were with him."
"Wolf," called the father, "will you tell me where my children are?"
Wah-wah-hoo had once told the wolf when a man was coming to shoot him,
and so the wolf would not tell where they were.