Ma Frog and Ma Snake had little girls, and both girls wanted to go out to play one sunny afternoon. Ma Snake said, "Look out for things with big paws and shiny claws. Be careful in the bush, little one, and be home before dark."
The young snake sang as she slithered through the grass, "Sssss, look out for Paws-and-Claws, sssss."
Nearby, Ma Frog called out, "Be wary of things that poke or snap. Don't wander into the bush alone, my child, and be home before sundown."
The young frog sang as she hopped away, "Rrrribit, be wary of the Poke-or-Snap, rrrribit."
Snake and Frog were still singing when they met along the way, and they almost bumped into each other. A surprised Frog asked Snake, "Are you a Poke-or-Snap?"
"Oh no," Snake said with a laugh. "Of course not! I'm a snake, and I slip and slide. Are you a Paws-and-Claws?"
"Goodness no!" replied Frog, who also laughed. "I'm a Frog. I hop and plop."
As Frog and Snake wandered together into the bush, they decided to become friends. They hugged and sang:
Let's make a wish,
and hope it comes true,
to be friends forever,
me and you.
Frog and Snake snacked on fruitflies and crunchy bugs. Frog showed Snake how to hop. "Watch me!" she said as she hopped up, up in the air and came down with a PLOP!
Snake tried to hop but ended up getting in quite a tangle on the ground. Then Snake showed Frog how to slither. She went to the top of a mound and slid down - SWOOSH! Frog tried to slide but came down in a clumsy tumble.
Frog and Snake laughed at their mistakes. Dusk arrived soon after, and they knew it was time to go home. "Let's play again tomorrow," said Frog. "After all, we're friends now."
"Yes we are," replied Snake. "I will see you tomorrow." They hugged again and said goodbye.
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