The Frog Prince

The Frog Prince Part III
The king and the princess leaned over and saw the prince in place of the frog.
The king and the princess leaned over and saw the prince in place of the frog.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Below is the third part of "The Frog Prince."

The wise king knew that his daughter did not want to keep her promise to the frog. The king gave the princess a firm look and said, "Daughter, a promise is a promise. And whether you like the frog or not, you must keep the promise you made. You will offer him your friendship and invite him to join you at the dinner table."

With great sadness, the princess turned to the frog and said, "My friendship is for you, and my dinner is your dinner."

"Wonderful," croaked the frog as he began to eat all the food on her plate. "The peas and mashed potatoes are delicious! But all the tasty food has made me quite thirsty. Princess, will you please get me some more water to drink?" said the frog between large bites of food.

The princess did not want to get the frog a glass of water. She thought angrily, That rude frog ate every last bite of food on my plate. And now I must serve him more to drink! I can hardly stand it.

But the princess remembered her promise to the frog. She stood up and poured the frog a fresh glass of water and handed it to him.

"Thank you," said the frog. "Now I am ready for my dessert. Will you please get me some shoofly pie?"

The princess could take no more of the pesky frog's requests. She slammed her fist on the table. The table shook, and the frog lost his balance. He fell off the table.

The princess and the king leaned over the edge of the table to see what had happened to the frog. But the frog was not there at all. In the place of the frog was a handsome young prince!

"What is going on here?" asked the furious princess.

The prince explained, "Dear princess, I am so sorry to have caused you so much pain. An evil witch turned me into a frog. The only way I could become a prince again was to get a princess angry at me. Then you appeared with your golden ball, and I saw you lose it. I thought it was my only chance to break the spell."

Find out how the story ends on the next page.

For more children's stories and activities, check out:

More to Explore