The Little Frog in the Well
My good friends, imagine if you were to
live at the bottom of a deep, dark well. What kind of world would
There was a Little Frog who lived at the
bottom of a deep, dark well. Now let us go down there and see
what kind of world he had.
It was a very old well filled with shallow
water at the bottom. The walls of the well were all covered with
wet moss. When the Little Frog was thirsty, he drank a little
bit of the well water, and when he was hungry, he ate some insects.
When he was tired, he lay on a little rock at the bottom of the
well and looked up at the sky above him. Sometimes he saw passing
clouds. He was very happy and satisfied.
Now, the Little Frog had been living at
the bottom of this old well since he was born. He had never been
to the outside world. Whenever a bird or birds flew by and stopped
at the edge of the well, the Little Frog always looked up and
bragged, "Hello! why don't you come down here and play with
me. It's so pleasant down here. Look, I have cool water to drink
and countless insects to eat. Come down! At night I can watch
the twinkling stars, and sometimes I can see the beautiful moon,
too." Sometimes the birds would tell the Little Frog,
"Hi, Little Frog! You see, the outside world is much bigger
and nicer. It's many times more beautiful than your little well
at the bottom."
But the Little Frog would not believe.