Why Frogs and Snakes Never Play Together

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SNAKE

Characters:


 

Baby Frog

Baby Snake

Mother Frog


Scene I


 

(Baby Frog plays and jumps in around the trees in the woods.  He sees a snake)


 

Baby Frog: Hello, there!  What are you doing here?


 

Baby Snake: I’m just enjoying this beautiful day here in the sun.


 

Baby Frog: What’s your name?


 

Baby Snake: My name is Baby Snake.  What’s yours?


 

Baby Frog: I’m Baby Frog.  Do you want to play with me?


 

Snake: Yes!


 

(They play together)


 

Baby Snake: Teach me how to hop!


 

Baby Frog: Just do as I do… watch me!


 

(Baby Frog hops.  The Baby Snake looks at the frog and they hop together)


 

Baby Snake: It’s fun to hop high in the air!


 

Baby Frog: Now you teach me how to slide in my belly.


 

Baby Snake: Sure!  Just look how I do it.


 

(Baby-Snake teaches frog how to slide on his belly)


 

Baby Frog: Now teach me how to climb trees.


 

Baby Snake: Follow me!


 

(Baby Snake teaches Baby Frog how to climb trees)


 

Baby Frog: It’s fun to climb up trees!


 

Baby Snake: Oh… it’s getting late, I have to go home.


 

Baby Frog: Will you come tomorrow?


 

Baby Snake: Sure… you are now my best friend in the whole world!


 

Baby Frog: You too!.. Oh, and thanks for teaching me how to climb up trees!


 

Baby Snake: And thank you for teaching me how to hop!… See you tomorrow!


 

Baby Frog: Bye.


 

(They hug and both leave)


 

Scene II – At the Frog’s house


 

(Mother Frog is outside the door waiting for Baby Frog who is hoping on his way home)


 

Mother Frog: Where were you?


 

Baby Frog: Oh, mom, I had a lot of fun.  I have a new friend!


 

Mother Frog: Really?


 

Baby Frog: Yes, mom.  He taught me how to slide on my belly.


 

Mother Frog: On your belly?… Who is he?


 

Baby Frog: His name is Baby Snake.  We played all morning!


 

Mother Frog: No!  The snake family is not a good family.  They have poison in their teeth.  Don’t hang around with him anymore… he can eat you!


 

Baby Frog: But mom!


 

Mother Frog: I said no!… now, come inside the house, it’s almost bed time.


 

(They go inside the house)


 

Scene III – Next Day in the Woods


 

(Baby Frog is waiting for Baby Snake.  Baby Snakes arrives)


 

Baby Frog: I’m sorry, but I can’t play with you anymore.


 

Baby Snake: Me neither. My mom told me to never play with you again.


 

Baby Frog: My mom told me to catch you and eat you.


 

Baby Snake: My mom told me to spring at you and eat you.


 

Baby Frog: I had fun with you yesterday.


 

Baby Snake: So, did I.


 

(Both sit alone away from each other thinking about their one day friendship)


 

Baby Frog and Baby Snake: How sad it is that out mothers don’t let us play together.

 

(They stand up and go on different ways)


 

The End


 

An African Folktale


 

Adapted by K I D S I N C O


 

Moral:  Sometimes intolerance stands over tolerance when people are different from us or differ from our opinions.


 

Related African Folktales – Playscripts:

 

Anansi and the Pot of Wisdom

Anansi and The Turtle

Anansi and The King’s Drum


 

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