Lennox, the elf, was unhappy being an elf. He'd go to
the pond every day and watch the butterflies and dragonflies and frogs.
"I wish I was a frog. I'm not happy being an elf." He leaned his back
against a tree and watched as all the pond insects and animals raced
about. "Frogs have so much fun. They sit on lily pads and have long
tongues to catch flies and big googly eyes and spots. They can croak and
swim in the water. I don't know how to swim."
Ross, the frog, sat on his lily pad in the middle of
the pond. He watched Lennox sitting under the tree. "I wish I was an
elf. I'm not happy being a frog." He plopped himself down and grabbed a
fly with his tongue. "Elves have so much fun. They can run around and
play and climb trees and wear shoes and hats. They can smile and have
hair too. I don't know how to grow hair. All I've got are these ugly
Ross spotted a purple bug swimming in the water. He
reached in and grabbed it, holding it in his hand. "I don't even want to
eat you, bug. I want to eat ice cream."
The bug, Maggie, wiggled her antenna. "Then don't eat
me. Go and have some ice cream."
"I can't. I'm a frog," Ross said. "I don't want to be
a frog. I want to be an elf."
"If you'll let me free, I'll grant you a wish," the
"Are you a magical bug?" Ross gazed at Maggie.
"Yes. Now let me go and I'll grant you a wish."
Ross tossed Maggie onto the grass near Lennox's feet.
Lennox picked the purple bug up. "What do we have here? You're a bug. I
wish I could eat bugs."
"If you'll leave me alone and let me go on my way,
I'll grant you a wish." Maggie inched her way closer to the elf.
"You're a magic worm?" Lennox stared at the bug.
"Yes. Now let me go and you can have a wish," Maggie
"Go on your way then. You're free." Lennox waved as
the bug crawled away.
"I wish I was an elf," Ross said.
"I wish I was a frog," Lennox said.
Just then the magic worked. Poof! Lennox turned into
a frog and Ross turned into the elf. "It worked," Ross said. "I got my
wish. Now I can run around and chase butterflies and eat ice cream."
"It worked," the frog croaked. "Now I can eat flies
and swim and sit on lilypads."
Maggie watched from the bushes. "They're both happy
now." She inched away into the forest while the happy elf and happy frog
did what they wanted to do most of all.