The Frog and the Mouse





Finally I would like to share one last story. This time, the story is about a foolish mouse who is easily tricked.

There once was a field mouse named Aero who lived in the prairie. Aero was an unusually curious mouse. He often thought about life and how he wished he was something other than a mouse. Oftentimes, Aero would sit by the pond and stare at his own reflection. He could not figure out how he was born into the world a mouse. The mouse wished that he could explore the open air or the world underwater.

 One day, Aero took his frequent trip to the pond to get a drink and think about things in peace. When Aero was taking a drink, suddenly a frog burst out of the water and scared the poor mouse half to death. The frog was enormous with big brown eyes and spots all over his body. The mouse didn't even know what to make of this gigantic creature. Sure, he had seen some frogs in his life but this one was far bigger than the rest. "What are you doing on this fine summer day?" said the frog. Aero did not know what to say at first, as he had never spoke to a frog before. Just before he was about to speak, his concentration was interrupted by a huge rib-bit from the frog. "Well, aren't you going to answer my question?" the frog asked. Aero finally found the courage to speak and  squeaked out a sentence. "Why, I was just getting a drink out of the pond like I do every day," said the mouse. A grin slowly began to spread across the frog's warty face. "Well, I could see you looking down into the pond where I was swimming and thought I would investigate. You seem a bit troubled," the frog suggested. The mouse explained to him that he wished he was something other than a mouse. He explained that he was fascinated at how the birds could fly and the fish could swim. All he could do was scurry along the ground and search for seeds and bugs. The mouse then poured out all his troubles and worries to the curious frog about how he wished he could explore something new. The mouse explained that his life was dull and boring on the prairie and that he wished that he could do something different. The frog listened intently to the mouse's rants for what seemed to go on for hours. The frog sympathized with Aero, but inside his warty head, a devious plan was unfolding. "I am so sorry to hear about all your troubles," croaked the frog." I have always wondered about how terrible a life it would be if I were a mouse like you. You said you come here often, right? Well, why don't you come here tomorrow when the sun is at its highest peak and I will show you an adventure you will never forget!" Pleased to hear this proposition, Aero agreed to meeting the frog tomorrow at the same place. Aero was so excited that he was going to go on an adventure with his new friend. Little did the mouse know that he was on the brink of danger.

The next day Aero was awaited by the frog as soon as he arrived at the bank. As usual, the frog had a mysterious grin on his face and was carrying a twig of some sort. Curious, Aero asked, "What is it that you have in mind today?" The frog croaked, "I thought you might like to see the world underwater! I have broken off a cattail so that I can pull you down underwater since you can't swim" Aero was delighted by this idea! The overeager frog was quick to tie the mouse's leg onto his leg with the cattail stem. The foolish mouse was ready to go on an adventure of his life; little did he know it would be his last. All at once, the frog plunged into the water with the mouse dragging behind after him. It wasn't long before the poor mouse felt panicked and helpless under the water. The frog had successfully deceived the foolish mouse and was ready to have dinner.

As the frog attempted to swim deeper underwater, he realized that he was not getting anywhere after a while. The mouse's dead body was buoyant and slowly carried the frog up to the surface. Irritated, the frog searched for something to cut the cattail rope that he had made. Unexpectedly, the frog was jerked up out of the water and into the air! The frog was sailing into the air and looked up to see two large talons gripping the mouse above. The hawk was happy that he would have a feast when he landed home!

Well, it certainly looks like the frog got a taste of his own medicine. In the frog's own attempt to deceive the mouse, he ended up only hurting himself. Many people would also use the expression, "what goes around, comes around."

Author's note: I stuck to the original plot. The original story started out with a mouse who was in search of an adventure. The story goes right into the frog coaxing the mouse to visit him underwater. In my story, I elaborated on the emotions and reasons for why the mouse wanted to go on an adventure. I added the part where he had a life in the prairie and took visits to the pond every day. In the original story, there was not much dialogue between the frog and the mouse. In my story, the frog and the mouse have a long conversation. I gave the mouse a name unlike the original story. I think when I add names to my characters, then it is easier to add dialogue between the characters. I also added the part of the frog's emotions and thoughts. In my story, the frog came up with a plan to sucker the mouse in, and bide his time. The original story just cuts straight to the chase and has the mouse go underwater with the frog. I also added the minor detail of the frog using the cattail to tie the two of them together. Finally, the original story possesses a different point of view between the frog and the hawk. The original story explains that a hawk sees a mouse floating in the water. In my story, I made it so that the frog feels the hawk suddenly pulling him out of the water. My story is more from the frog's point of view at this time in the story. At the very end I added that the hawk was happy to have a feast.

Image  Information: The Frog and the Mouse
 Aesop for Children
(translator not identified), 1919. Illustrations by Milo Winter (1886-1956) Weblink

Story: The Frog and the Mouse

Author: translator not identified

Year Published: 1919

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