Once there was a frog who loved a princess. He would sit on a lily pad and watch the princess play with her golden ball.
One day while sitting on his lily pad looking at a big fat black fly, he heard sobbing. He looked over and saw the princess crying. He hopped over to the princess. He asked, "What is the matter, princess? Your tears would move a heart of stone."
"My lovely golden ball has fallen in the swamp!" she wailed. "If you get it for me I shall let you be my friend. You can eat and sleep in the castle."
The thrilled frog jumped under the water in search of the ball. After he found it he came and threw it on the ground next to the princess.
The joyous princess picked it up and ran off.
That evening, when it was dinnertime, the frog knocked on the castle door. The princess peeked out of the door, then slammed it shut.
The king was sitting at the table with all his courtiers. He had heard what had gone on that day and said, "A promise is a promise, open the door."
She opened the door. The frog hopped in excitedly and immediately started eating. The princess was so disgusted by the frog she didn't eat anything, though the frog had seven helpings.
The princess seized the frog by the wrist, pulled him up the stairs and flung him in a dark corner of her chamber.
"Sleep there, you ugly toad!" she cried and threw a mirror at him. She screamed, "Look how ugly you are!" She stamped to her soft and fluffy bed and lay down and left the frog on the floor.
The frog lifted the mirror and looked in, "I don't see why the princess hates me, I look like a toad."
That very night he dreamed the moon was singing for him:
Little green frog alone at night,
Beauty is in the beholder's sight,
Follow the sun then follow me,
To lands beyond, across the sea.
In another kingdom you shall find
A true princess, of a different mind.
The next morning the frog met with the king and said, "I am going out into
the world to find a princess who can see good in me. I will follow
the sun and the moon to find her!"
The king liked the frog and wished to grant the frog's wish. He wanted to fill in the place in the frog's heart that his spoiled daughter had cut out. "Let me prepare you for your journey," he said.
He ordered his tailors to sew beautiful clothes for his journey. A beautiful white horse was brought in. When the frog was dressed, the king lifted him onto his saddle. The frog felt as if he were a prince.
Just then the princess came down the stairs. She stared at the frog for a minute, and then burst into laughter.
The frog followed the sun and the moon for three days. On his third day, he ran into two trolls. Clutching a golden bird cage with a dove in it, the trolls were trying to fight each other while holding the prize.
The frog interrupted them, "If you let me hold the prize you can get the fight over with a lot quicker."
The trolls glared at him with their flaming red eyes, each thinking that they they would have a frog to add to their dinner and handed him the cage. They kept fighting as hard as possible. Then With one hard blow they both fell to their death.
The frog released the latch on the cage.
Fluttering free the dove bowed and said, "You are a very clever frog. I will find some way to repay you."
The frog went on his way. After awhile he noticed smoke rising above the trees. When he came to a clearing he saw a great black kettle with a fire burning under it. Dancing around it was a green faced witch muttering words to a spell as she threw mole teeth and toad warts in her boiling water. All at once, she threw a living turtle towards the pot. The frog flicked his tongue out and caught the poor thing on his tongue. The witch screamed in fury.
Placing the turtle in his pocket, the frog set off through the woods on his horse . The witch, not far behind, tried to think of a spell to stop them. The horse was so terrified it galloped as fast as the wind and soon outran the witch.
The forest grew darker and the darker. Then the witch cast a spell to make the leaves grow so thickly that they blocked out the light. The horse walked slowly. In fear of getting lost, the frog could hear the witch close behind. The frog puffed his throat and called out through the forest for help.
Soon the air was filled with hundreds of doves. Together they picked leaves from the trees, allowing light to show the way. The frog rode toward the sun until he came to a great wide ocean. There, the little turtle peered out of the frog's pocket.
"You are a very brave frog. I will find some way to repay you," said the turtle. The turtle swam away in the waves.
For a long time the frog wondered how he would get his pony across the sea. A moment later he saw the little turtle's head pop above the waves. He was followed by at least one other turtle. "We'll take you across the ocean," volunteered the turtles. The biggest turtle came up and the pony stepped on his back, with all of the others swimming along side the large turtle.
On the seventh night the horse collided with something hard, like a rock. The frog ran his fingers over it. It was bumpy and hard and seemed to go on forever. As he was wondering what it was he saw a little beetle running along the ground.
He asked, "What is this that blocks my way?"
The small beetle answered, "Why it is the end of the world. What did you think it was?"
The frog and his horse lay down to rest. Soon they were fast asleep. The sun woke them. The frog glanced at the end of the world once more. He realized it was not the end of the world. It was a wall to the special kingdom. The kingdom was the same as in his dream.
After letting his horse go in a nearby field, he climbed the fence and got in. Once he was in, he jumped from window to window until he saw a pink satin bed.
He hopped inside and sat on the floor. When the frog princess awakened she said, "You are the prince I dreamed of last night."
The frogs married and lived happily ever after.