frog and princess

The Frog and the Princess



loudly favorite drop/dropped
pond mistake once upon a time
sorry knock hear/heard/heard
push carefully what’s the matter
dear pick up whatever
wish promise fall in love
give lift (2) here it is
ugly hurry up cry/cried/cried
plate poor (2) disgusting
gold afraid of hurry away
grab it’s time live happily ever after
wall against throw/threw/thrown
still turn into what have I done
move pick up find/found/found
feel suddenly feel sorry for
flash bright nonsense
dead prince handsome
witch spell (2) break/broke/broken





Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful princess.

One day, she dropped her favorite golden ball into the pond by mistake.

“Oops! Oh, no!”

The princess began to cry very loudly.

An ugly frog sitting on a rock by the pond heard her.

“Ribbit. Ribbit. Ribbit.”

“What’s the matter with you princess?” asked the frog.
“I lost my favorite golden ball,” replied the princess.
“No problem! I can help you!” said the frog. “But what will you give me for finding your golden ball?”
“I will give you whatever you want, dear frog,” said the princess.
“Then promise me this: Let me sit by you, eat by you, and you must KISS me too!”
“I promise you all that you wish. Now please, hurry up!”

“Here it is.”

The frog found the golden ball for the princess, and gave it to her.

“Oh, my golden ball! Thank you frog!”

The princess was very happy with her golden ball.

But she picked up the ball and hurried away.

“Wait, wait! Take me with you!” cried the frog. “Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit…”

The princess ran back to the castle and closed the door.

“The frog is talking nonsense! Life in a castle is not for him! I don’t want to see him ever again,” said the princess.

The next day, the poor frog knocked on the door.

“Princess! Keep the promise you made to me,” said the frog. “If you don’t open the door, I’ll cry here day and night until you do! Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit.”

“My child, what are you afraid of,” asked her father, the king.
“No, it’s nothing. It’s only a disgusting frog!”

She then told her father how the frog had helped her.

“Dear child, you must keep your promise to the frog,” the king replied. “A promise is a promise. Go and let him in.”

“Lift me up beside you, princess!” said the frog.
“What? No, I don’t want to!” said the princess.

The princess did not want to go near the frog.

But she had to keep her promise.

“Now, push your gold plate nearer to me. I want to eat with you,” said the frog.

“Dear princess; it’s time for you to kiss me!” said the frog. “If not, I’ll tell your father!”
“Oh, no!”

Angry, the princess grabbed the frog and threw him against the wall.

“Now, you will be quiet you ugly frog!” said the princess.

The frog was very still.

“Oh! Is he dead? Oh, no! What have I done?”

She picked up the ugly frog very carefully.

But the frog still didn’t move. The princess felt very sorry for him.

“He just wanted to be my friend. What have I done to this poor frog?” said the princess.

And she kissed the frog as she cried.

Suddenly, with a bright flash of light, the ugly frog turned into a handsome prince.

“Wow! You broke the spell. A long time ago, a wicked witch turned me into an ugly frog,” explained the prince. “Only the kiss of a beautiful princess could save me.

Thank you dear princess.”

After that, the prince and princess fell in love and were married.

And they lived happily ever after.

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1. In the beginning, a princess was playing with her golden ball by a pond. True or false?

2. What happened to the golden ball?

3. Did a frog speak? What did the frog say? Did the princess agree?

4. What did the frog do? Did the princess keep her promise?

5. The next day . . . .

6. The princess opened the door and let the frog in. Is this right or wrong? Why didn’t she let him in?

7. Did the princess let the frog in afterwards? Why did the princess let the frog in?

8. What happened in the castle?

A. Is there a moral or lesson to the story?

B. Have you heard this story before?

C. I have read many fairy tales. True or false?

D. Have your parents and teachers read or told you fairy tales?

E. Are there many fairy tales in your country? Are they similar to or different from European fairy tales?


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