Jesse and Jim loved to play in the sandbox. They built castles and
towers and mountains. Sometimes the four boys threw sand in each other's
hair and eyes. John, the youngest, cried most of the time because his
big brothers picked on him. Jack was rather clumsy. He slipped and slid
and always had grass stains on his knees. Jesse, the quiet one, stayed
out of trouble and didn't throw sand on anyone. Jim, the oldest, always
got his brothers into trouble.
One day Jim
suggested they go down to the pond and catch frogs. Jesse didn't want
to, but John and Jack talked him into it. Each boy took a jar to catch
the frogs in, so they could bring them home and keep them.
When they got to
the pond, Jack slipped and fell into the water. All the frogs leaped
away, except one, that landed on his head.
Jesse started to
cry. He didn't want Jack to drown. Jim jumped into the water to save his
A frog jumped on
Jim's head too.
Jesse tried to
splash the frogs off his brother's heads, but they wouldn't go.
John, wanting to
show his big brothers that he was brave, jumped into the pond. Soon a
frog jumped on his head too.
Jesse had no
choice but to jump in the water with his three brothers.
Their mama came
to find them and saw all her boys in the pond with frogs on their heads.
She grabbed their arms and pulled them out, one at a time. Without
further delay she took them home and made them get in the bathtub to
wash off all the frog footprints and pond water.
right out of the bathtub and landed on the floor.
backwards and went all the way under the water. Jim stood. “Mama!”
She rushed into
the room and saw the mess her boys had made. She started laughing. “Boys
will be boys!”