Frog and Toad is a scary story for young children. It comes from a short little story named “Shivers” in a book by Arnold Lobel called Days With Frog and Toad.
The night was cold and dark.
â€œListen to the wind howling in the trees,â€ said Frog. â€œWhat a fine time for a ghost story.â€
Toad moved deeper into his chair.
â€œToad,â€ asked Frog, â€œdonâ€™t you like to be scared? Donâ€™t you like to feel the shivers?â€
â€œI am not too sure,â€ said Toad.
Frog made a fresh pot of tea. He sat down and began a story.
â€œWhen I was small,â€ said Frog, â€œmy mother and father and I went out for a picnic. On the way home we lost our way. My mother was worried.
â€˜We must get home,â€™ she said. â€˜We do not want to meet the Old Dark Frog.â€™
â€˜Who is that?â€™ I asked.
â€˜A terrible ghost,â€™ said my father. â€˜He comes out at night and eats little frog children for supper.â€™â€
Toad sipped his tea. â€œFrog,â€ he asked, â€œare you making this up?â€
â€œMaybe yes and maybe no,â€ said Frog. â€œMy mother and father went to search for a path. They told me to wait until they came back. I sat under a tree and waited. The woods became dark. I was afraid. Then I saw two huge eyes. It was the Old Dark Frog. He was standing near me.â€
â€œFrog,â€ asked Toad, â€œdid this really happen?â€
â€œMaybe it did and maybe it didnâ€™t,â€ said Frog. Frog went on with the story. â€œThe Dark Frog pulled a jump rope out of his pocket.
â€˜I am not hungry now,â€™ said the Dark Frog. â€˜I have eaten too many tasty frog children. But after I jump rope one hundred times, I will be
hungry again. Then I will eat YOU!â€™â€
â€œThe Dark Frog tied one end of the rope to a tree.
â€˜Turn for me!â€™ he shouted. I turned the rope for the Dark Frog. He jumped twenty times. â€˜I am beginning to get hungry,â€™ said the Dark Frog.
He jumped fifty times. â€˜I am getting hungrier,â€™ said the Dark Frog.
He jumped ninety times. â€˜I am very hungry now!â€™ said the Dark Frog.â€
â€œWhat happened then?â€ asked Toad.
â€œI had to save my life,â€ said Frog. â€œI ran around and around the tree with the rope. I tied up the Old Dark Frog. He roared and screamed. I ran away fast. I found my mother and father,â€ said Frog. â€œWe came safely home.â€
â€œFrog,â€ asked Toad, â€œwas that a true story?â€
â€œMaybe it was and maybe it wasnâ€™t,â€ said Frog.
Frog and Toad sat close by the fire. They were scared. The teacups shook in their hands. They were having the shivers. It was a good, warm feeling.