My good friends, imagine if you were to live at the bottom of a deep,
dark well. What kind of world would you see?
There was a Little Frog who lived at the bottom of a deep, dark well. Now
let us go down there and see what kind of world he had.
It was a very old well filled with shallow water at the bottom. The walls
of the well were all covered with wet moss. When the Little Frog was
thirsty, he drank a little bit of the well water, and when he was hungry,
he ate some insects. When he was tired, he lay on a little rock at the
bottom of the well and looked up at the sky above him. Sometimes he saw
passing clouds. He was very happy and satisfied.
Now, the Little Frog had been living at the bottom of this old well since
he was born. He had never been to the outside world. Whenever a bird or
birds flew by and stopped at the edge of the well, the Little Frog always
looked up and bragged, "Hello! why don't you come down here and play
with me. It's so pleasant down here. Look, I have cool water to drink and
countless insects to eat. Come down! At night I can watch the twinkling
stars, and sometimes I can see the beautiful moon, too."
Sometimes the birds would tell the Little Frog, "Hi, Little Frog! You
see, the outside world is much bigger and nicer. It's many times more
beautiful than your little well at the bottom. " But the Little Frog
would not believe them. "Don't lie to me, I don't believe there is
any place that could be better than here. "
Gradually, all the birds began to dislike him They thought he was too
stubborn and stopped talking to him.
The Little Frog could not understand why nobody would like to come down to
his nice place.
One day, a yellow sparrow stopped by at the edge of the well. The Little
Frog was so excited he greeted the sparrow and invited the sparrow
eagerly. "Hello, Mr. Yellow Sparrow, how are you? Please come down to
my most beautiful house." The yellow sparrow did not say a word and
flew away. The next day the yellow sparrow came again and the same thing
happened again. It went on for six days. On the seventh day, the yellow
sparrow finally said, "Little Frog, may I show you the outside
world?" But the Little Frog refused the offer.
Finally the yellow sparrow became angry. He flew down to the bottom of the
well, picked up the Little Frog on his back, and flew out of the well.
"Oh!" the Little Frog exclaimed. "How is it that the
outside world is so big!" He had been in the bottom of his dark well
for so long that the bright sunshine made his eyes blink shut, and he
could hardly open his eyes to see.
When he finally opened his eyes, he saw so many things around him.
"Hey! Be careful! Don't hit this strange thing. What are all these
green high and low things?" The yellow sparrow laughed happily:
"Ha! ha! These are mountains and valleys. There are countless
mountains in this world. The Himalayas, the Swiss Alps, the Rockies and...
The Little Frog could not believe there were so many big mountains in the
world. When they flew over the high mountains, the next view made the
Little Frog even more surprised.
"What is this long, silvery, shiny view?"
"It is a river," the yellow sparrow replied.
"Then what is that huge, blue thing over there?"
"That is a sea," the yellow sparrow replied.
"That river and sea, how much water do they have? How much bigger are
they than my well? They must hold a billion times more water than my
well." The Little Frog began to realize how tiny his well was.
"Let's go down, O.K. ?" The yellow sparrow put the Little Frog
down on the ground and flew away.
The Little Frog jumped into the grass and saw many beautiful flowers of
different colors. He had never seen such beautiful flowers and had never
smelled such nice scents. He kept on going and went into a forest. In it
he looked up and saw many tall trees. He looked down and found many
different kinds of fruits that had fallen to the ground. He picked up an
apple and tasted it. "Wow, so sweet !" Then he listened to the
beautiful singing of the birds. The cute squirrels were jumping, the
monkeys were swinging from branch to branch, and the antelopes were
In the pond, the lotus flowers were dancing in the air, and the lotus
leaves were floating on the water like umbrellas. There were many fish in
"The outside world is so big, so wonderful, and beautiful!" The
Little Frog finally cried out happily and jumped into the pond. He climbed
up on a huge lotus leaf and enjoyed his new life there. The yellow sparrow
came back and asked, "Little Frog! How's this outside world? Big?
"Thank you very much. If you had not brought me out to see this
world, I would never had known that there are such beautiful things that
exist outside my well ." The Little Frog never tried to go back to
his old well again.