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FROGS AND FAIRYTALES

The idea that frogs can change into people is very popular in many cultures.  The most famous story is that of the Frog Prince.

The story is simple:

A frog woos a princess and asks for a kiss.  At first the princess is frightened and disgusted, but she feels sorry for the poor frog and kisses him.  Suddenly, the frog is transformed into a handsome prince, and the prince and princess are married, living happily ever after.

Interestingly enough, this story has many early variations that are reversed.  The frog or toad is a girl, and a young man must take the chance in order to discover a beautiful princess or bride.


photo by Leanne

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