Once upon a time, there was a king who had a very pretty princess daughter. They lived in a big castle that was surrounded by a huge forest. On the princess's birthday one year, the king gave her a special present - a ball made of shiny gold. In the middle of the forest, there was a really big pond. When the princess got bored, she would sit by the pond and play with her gold ball. It was her most favorite toy.
One day, by accident, she dropped the ball into the water. The pond was so deep that she couldn't see the bottom. The poor princess felt really sad and started to cry.
While she was crying, a voice asked, "Why are you so sad, princess?" When she looked around, she saw a big, not-so-pretty frog in the water. "I lost my gold ball," said the princess while crying.
"Don't be sad," said the frog. "If you promise to be my friend, let me share your food, and let me sleep in your bed, I will get your ball back for you." "Okay, I promise," said the princess. She thought the frog would never be able to leave the pond anyway!
But the frog jumped into the water and came back with the ball in his mouth. The princess was really happy! She took the ball and ran away. "Wait!" yelled the frog, "you can't leave me here!" But the princess ignored him. She didn't want to be friends with a not-so-pretty frog.
Later that day, when the princess was having dinner, she heard a knock on the door. A voice outside croaked, "Open the door, princess, and let me in." When the princess opened the door, guess who was there? The frog! "Oh my!" said the princess. "Is it a giant?" asked the king. The princess explained about her promise. "Well!" said the king, "if you promised, you have to do it. Invite him in."
So the princess let the frog in, and he hopped over to the table. He asked if he could share the princess's food. The princess didn't really want to, but she knew she had to keep her promise. The frog ate a lot, but the princess couldn't eat much at all.
When the frog finished eating, he said he wanted to sleep and asked the princess to take him to her bed. The princess started crying because she didn't want to sleep in the same bed as the slimy frog. But the king insisted that she keep her promise.
"Now," said the frog, "you have to give me a goodnight kiss." "Ew!" thought the princess. She really didn't want to kiss the not-so-pretty frog. But she remembered her gold ball and the promise she made. So, she closed her eyes and gave the frog a kiss.
All of a sudden, the frog turned into a very handsome prince! He told the princess that a mean witch had turned him into a frog and only she could break the spell. They became really good friends and lived happily ever after.
The lesson here is: Always keep your promises and stay true to your word.