The frog and the Marmalade

Sometimes special stories stick to you.
I fell for this story when I was a child and my family keeps the memory alive with small selected figures of frogs.
Not often, but with love 🙂

Once upon a time there was a tiny frog, who loved marmalade.
One day the frog was in a brilliant chatty mood, so it told all the other animals, who were passing by, how high it cherished marmalade.
A pig went by the pond where the frog looked up with big eyes.
What is your favourite food, asked the frog.
I love truffles, said the pig. What is your favourite food?
I love marmalade, said the frog with a broad smile.
A moment later a sheep went by the pond.
What is your favourite food, asked the frog. I love grass, said the sheep.
The frog was on the strain of eagerness to talk about his favourite food.
Thus went the whole day to tell the other animals about the lovely marmalade.
A stork heard the little frog talk about his favourite food.
He flew down to the frog looking him in the eyes.
What is your favourite food, asked the little frog.
I love the small wide-mouthed frogs, said the stork.
What is your favourite food, asked the stork.
I love “SYLTETØJ”, said the little wide-mouthed frog
By pronunciation the Danish word SYLTETØJ the mouth is pursed and thereby the little frog was rescued by a synonym for marmalade 🙂

13 Comments on “The frog and the Marmalade

  1. Una rana muy inteligente; me encantan las ranas. Una vez apareció una en mi pequeño estanque. Se apoyaba en las hojas de los nenúfares de tal forma que parecía que se asomaba a una ventana, era increíble poder observarla, pero aquello duró poco,,, un día se fue y claro no la he vuelto a ver. Me dio mucha pena. Muchas gracias, Hanna.

  2. This is such a sweet story!!

    In Japan the word for frog (kaeru) is also the word for “return home” so people often put little frog statues near their front doors as a sort of charm to make sure everyone returns home safely.

    I love that this little frog’s love of jam means he can return home safely. 😉

    • … and I love and appreciate your wonderful story for safely home returns – Kaeru near the front door ❤
      Suddenly my small frogs got an extra dimension.
      Thanks for that 🙂

    • Thank you, Tanja! Yes, it really is a thriller 🙂
      I think, it was the frog’s ingenuity, which I fell in love with 🙂

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