A lovely princess sat by the pool and played with a sculpture of a bear. Suddenly, she dropped it, and it rolled away. She chased it, but it fell into the water. She began to cry. A large, ugly frog asked, “Why are you crying?” After the princess told him, the frog said, “I can get the sculpture. What will you give me
in exchange for the favour?”
“I can pay you a fee in gold,” she said. But the frog protested. “ I want to sleep in your bed, and you must kiss me in the morning.”
“ He’d die without water. So, I don’t have to keep my promise,” she thought.
The frog dove for a brief moment and got the sculpture. Then the princess ran away with it. Later, the frog went to the palace. The king told her to keep her promise. This put the princess in a bad mood. She permitted the frog to sleep on her pillow. In the morning, she gave him a kiss.
Suddenly, he turned into a guy. He said, “I’m from a kingdom abroad. In my youth, I angered a tribe of cruel witches, who turned me into a frog.”
The princess asked him, “Can I be your bride and stay with you forever?” But the prince said, “ No. You disappointed me. You didn’t keep your promise.”
abroad If someone goes or travels abroad, they go to another country. My brother wants to go abroad next year. anger To anger someone is to make them mad. It angers me when people are rude. bride A bride is a woman who is getting married or has just gotten married. The bride looked beautiful in her wedding dress. brief If something is brief, it only lasts for a short time. The meeting this afternoon was very brief. chase To chase someone or something is to follow them in order to catch them. I was chased by an angry native. disappoint To disappoint is to make one feel sad or unsatisfied. I do not want to disappoint my family, so I try to do well at school. dive To dive is to jump into water. I will dive into the lake once we get there. exchange To exchange means to give something for another thing in return. I exchanged my foreign money for American dollars. favor A favor is something you do for someone to help them. Can you do me a favor and turn off the lights? Fee A fee is an amount of money that a person or company asks for a service. I had to pay an hourly fee to speak with my lawyer. forever If something lasts forever, it means it lasts for all time. The young couple promised that they would love each other forever. guy A guy is an informal way to call a man. The guy at the flower shop was really helpful today. lovely If people or things are lovely, they are good-looking or beautiful. The trees look lovely in the fall. mood A mood is the way someone is feeling. I am in a good mood because I did well on my math test. palace A palace is a very large building. It is often the home of a royal family. The king and queen live in a beautiful palace. permit To permit something is to let someone do it. I was sick, so my mother permitted me to stay home from school. protest To protest something is to argue about something with someone. The people protested the decision of the president. sculpture A sculpture is a piece of art that is made from wood, clay, or stone. We saw an old sculpture of Buddha at the museum. tribe A tribe is a group of people who live in the same culture. There’s a small tribe of people who live in the mountains of Spain. youth Youth is a time in people’s lives when they are young. My mother wanted to be a nurse in her youth.
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