|The Book of Fables and Folk Stories|
|by Horace Elisha Scudder|
|A choice collection of old folk tales and fables, attractively arranged and illustrated. Between each of the longer tales appear several short fables, offering a varied reading experience for the young reader for whom it is intended. Ages 6-9 |
THE FROGS ASK FOR A KING
IN old times, the Frogs lived in a free and easy way,
each one as he pleased. But the elders among them did
not like this, and begged Jove to send them a king.
Jove thought them very foolish, and tossed a log into
the middle of the pond. The Frogs were scared out of
their wits, and plunged at once
 into the deepest hole.
By and by, they peeped out and saw that King Log was
They began to grow bolder; soon they laughed at King
Log. Then they jumped up and sat on the log. That was
not a king, they said, and off they went to Jove, and
asked him to give them a new king.
This time Jove gave them an Eel. But the Eel was stupid
and the Frogs liked him no better. They sent a third
time to Jove.
At this Jove was angry, and sent them a king of another
sort. He sent them King Stork, and King Stork caught
the Frogs, one by one, and ate them, till there was not
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