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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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