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The Tale of Ferdinand Frog   By: (1877-1949)

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THE TALE OF FERDINAND FROG

SLEEPY TIME TALES

(Trademark Registered)

BY ARTHUR SCOTT BAILEY

AUTHOR OF TUCK ME IN TALES

(Trademark Registered)

THE TALE OF CUFFY BEAR THE TALE OF FRISKY SQUIRREL THE TALE OF TOMMY FOX THE TALE OF FATTY COON THE TALE OF BILLY WOODCHUCK THE TALE OF JIMMY RABBIT THE TALE OF PETER MINK THE TALE OF SANDY CHIPMUNK THE TALE OF BROWNIE BEAVER THE TALE OF PADDY MUSKRAT THE TALE OF FERDINAND FROG THE TALE OF DICKIE DEER MOUSE

[Illustration: Mr. Frog Bows to Aunt Polly Woodchuck]

SLEEPY TIME TALES (Trademark Registered)

THE TALE OF FERDINAND FROG

BY ARTHUR SCOTT BAILEY

Author of "TUCK ME IN TALES"

(Trademark Registered)

ILLUSTRATED BY HARRY L. SMITH

NEW YORK GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS Made in the United States of America

Copyright, 1918, by GROSSET & DUNLAP

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I PRETTY AS A PICTURE 9

II THE DANGERS OF TRAVEL 14

III MR. FROG'S DOUBLE 19

IV MR. CROW LOSES SOMETHING 25

V MR. FROG'S SECRET SORROW 31

VI TIRED TIM DOES A FAVOR 36

VII THE SINGING PARTY 42

VIII THE MISSING SUPPER 46

IX THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER 51

X CATCHING UP WITH MR. FROG 56

XI MR. FROG IS IN NO HURRY 61

XII A BAD BLUNDER 66

XIII A SIXTY INCH MEAL 71

XIV AN UNPLEASANT MIX UP 77

XV EVERYONE IS HAPPY 82

XVI STOP THAT! 87

XVII A LONG, SHARP BILL 92

XVIII MAKING BUTTON HOLES 97

XIX THE SWIMMING TEACHER 103

XX DISTURBING THE NEIGHBORS 109

XXI MUD BATHS 114

XXII HOLDING HIS BREATH 119

XXIII MR. FROG RUNS AWAY 124

THE TALE OF FERDINAND FROG

I

PRETTY AS A PICTURE

There was something about Ferdinand Frog that made everybody smile. It may have been his amazingly wide mouth and his queer, bulging eyes, or perhaps it was his sprightly manner for one never could tell when Mr. Frog would leap into the air, or turn a somersault backward. Indeed, some of his neighbors claimed that he himself didn't know what he was going to do next he was so jumpy .

Anyhow, all the wild folk in Pleasant Valley agreed that Ferdinand Frog was an agreeable person to have around. No matter what happened, he was always cheerful. Nobody ever heard of his losing his temper, though to be sure he was sometimes the means of other peoples losing theirs. But let a body be as angry as he pleased with Mr. Frog, Mr. Frog would continue to smile and smirk.

Of course, such extreme cheerfulness often made angry folk only the more furious, especially when the whole trouble was Ferdinand Frog's own fault. But it made no difference to him what blunder he had made. He was always ready to make another and smile at the same time.

Really, he was so good natured that nobody could feel peevish towards him for long. In fact, he was a great favorite especially among the ladies. Whenever he met one of them it might be the youngest of the Rabbit sisters, or old Aunt Polly Woodchuck he never failed to make the lowest of bows, smile the broadest of smiles, and inquire after her health.

That was Ferdinand Frog known far and wide for his elegant manners. Every young lady declared that he wore exquisite clothes, too; and many of them secretly thought him quite good looking.

But people as old as Aunt Polly Woodchuck seldom take heed of what a person wears. As for Mr. Frog's looks, since Aunt Polly believed that "handsome is as handsome does," she admitted that Ferdinand Frog was as she put it "purty as a picter... Continue reading book >>




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