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Alone


Toad went to Frog's house. He found a note on the door. The note

said, "Dear Toad, I am not at home. I went out. I want to be alone."

"Alone?" said Toad. "Frog has me for a friend. Why does he want to be

alone?"

 

Toad looked through the windows. He looked in the garden. He did not

see Frog. Toad went to the woods. Frog was not there. He went to the

meadow. Frog was not there. Toad went down to the river. There was

Frog. He was sitting on an island all by himself.

 

"Poor Frog," said Toad. "He must be very sad. I will cheer him up."

Toad ran home. He made sandwiches. He made a pitcher of iced tea. He

put everything in a basket. Toad hurried back to the river. "Frog,"

he shouted, "it's me! It's your best friend, Toad!" But Frog was too

far away to hear. Toad took off his jacket and waved it like a flag.

Frog was too far away to see. Toad shouted and waved, but it was no

use. Frog sat on the island. He did not see or hear Toad.

 

A turtle swam by. Toad climbed on the turtle's back. "Turtle," said

Toad, "could you carry me to the island please? Frog is there. He

wants to be alone."

 

"If Frog wants to be alone," said the turtle, "why don't you leave him alone?"

"Maybe you are right," said Toad. "Maybe Frog does not want to see me.

Maybe he does not want to be friends anymore."

"Yes, maybe," said the turtle as he swam towards the island.

 

"Frog!" cried Toad. "I am sorry for all the dumb things I do. I am

sorry for all the silly things I say. Please be my friend again!"

Toad slipped off the turtle. With a splash, he fell into the river.

Frog pulled Toad up onto the island. Toad looked in the basket. The

sandwiches were wet. The pitcher of iced tea was empty. "Our lunch is

spoiled," said Toad. "I made it for you, Frog, so that you would be

happy again."

 

"But Toad," said Frog, "I AM happy. I am very happy. This morning

when I woke up I felt good because the sun was shining. I felt good

because I was a frog. And I felt good because I have you for a

friend. I wanted to be alone. I wanted to think about how fine

everything is."

 

"Oh," said Toad. "I guess that is a very good reason for wanting to

be alone." "Now," said Frog, "I will be glad not to be alone. Let's

eat lunch!"

 

Frog and Toad stayed on the island all afternoon. They ate wet

sandwiches without iced tea. They were two close friends sitting

alone together.