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Children's Stories
by Margo Fallis
The Flying Frog


The Flying Frog

During the rainy season, the clouds are heavy and burst open with precious drops of water. The savanna is covered with green grasses and millions of wildflowers. The rivers spill over their banks, covering the parched earth. Itís a glorious time for the animals.

Faraji croaked and leapt from rock to rock, trying to cross the fast-flowing river. When he reached the other side he sat on a lily pad that was floating near the riverbank. Several hippos had gathered in the center of the river. They were enjoying the coolness of the water. Just then the ground began to shake. "Whatís that?" Faraji wondered. THUD! THUD! THUD! He nearly fell into the stream.

Jelani came walking out of the trees, his trunk waving back and forth. He stepped into the rushing waters and plopped down on his bottom. "Ah. Thatís better. Iím much cooler now," the elephant said. He filled his trunk with water and blew it out all over Faraji.

"Hey! Watch what youíre doing," the frog shouted.

"Itís only water! Besides, youíre a frog. You like the water, donít you?" Jelani asked.

The frog began to laugh. "I suppose I do. How far can you blow the water?"

"As far as I want," the elephant replied.

Faraji had an idea. "Jelani, pick me up with your trunk."

Jelani reached over and grabbed the frog. He held him tightly over his head. "What now?" The frog climbed to the end of the trunk and sat down on it. "I canít breathe," the elephant complained.

"Blow as hard as you can," Faraji said. Jelani took a deep breath through his mouth and blew out of his trunk. Faraji went flying through the air and landed with a splash in the water about twenty feet away. "WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"

The frog swam back to the elephant. "Do that again! That was great fun!" He climbed up onto the end of Jelaniís trunk and sat there. "Blow!" he shouted. Jelani took another deep breath and then blew. "WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" went the frog. He landed with a splash in the middle of the river.

Faraji did this over and over again. Finally Jelani said, "Iím tired. I canít breathe when I do that. It might be fun for you, but itís not fun for me."

"Aw, come on, Jelani. One more time, please?" the frog begged.

"Oh, all right, but only one more time. Climb up," Jelani said. The frog sat on the end of Jelaniís trunk. Jelani took a deep breath. "Here you go." He blew as hard as he could.

The frog went flying through the air. "You blew too hard this time," Faraji shouted. He didnít shout WHEEEEEEEEE! He didnít laugh. He soared through the air and landed with a splat against the trunk of a tree. Jelani watched in horror as the frog slid down the trunk to the ground.

"Are you all right?" Jelani asked.

Faraji lay with his back against the tree. "Thatís enough for today, Jelani," he mumbled.

Jelani sat in the water, filled his trunk with water and blew it into the air, happy that Faraji was finished with his games. Faraji hopped over to a lily pad and sat quietly for the rest of the day with a bad headache. "Poor Faraji," Jelani sighed, and then blew water high into the air.


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