Why Frogs and Snakes Never Play Together

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WHY FROGS AND SNAKES NEVER PLAY TOGETHER

 

 

CHARACTERS:

BABY FROG

BABY SNAKE

MOTHER FROG

 

 

SCENE I – IN THE WOODS

 

 

(Baby Frog plays and jumps in around the trees.  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 start to play) Teach me how to hop!.

 

 

BABY FROG: Just do as I do.  Watch me!.

 

 

(Baby Frog hops.  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!.   Thanks for teaching me how to climb up trees!.

 

 

BABY SNAKE:  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 could 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 – IN THE WOODS

 

 

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

 

BABY SNAKE:  Hi.

 

BABY FROG:  Hi.

 

BABY SNAKE:  Are you sad?.

 

BABY FROG:  Yes.

 

BABY SNAKE:  Me too.

 

 

BABY FROG:  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 kill you.

 

 

BABY FROG: I had fun with you yesterday.

 

 

BABY SNAKE: So, did I.

 

BABY FROG:  Yesterday, we had a good day.

 

BABY SNAKE:  A good friendship day.

 

 

(Both sit alone away from each other)

 

 

BABY FROG AND BABY SNAKE: How sad it is that our mothers don’t let us play together.

 

 

 (They stand up and leave)

 

 

THE END

 

 

Author: 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.

 

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