Shadowed Fables (5 of 6): The Frogs and the Well

In The Frogs and the Well, two frogs must leave their home and come upon a tempting well. This was one of the most challenging scenes in the Shadowed Fables series. I initially wanted to create a three dimensional well for the green frog, and had some smooth pebbles picked out that would have worked nicely, but then I remembered that this is a view from above, so there was a way that paper would still work. The frogs themselves went through many iterations (that’s code for having to crumple them up and start over). 😉

Why I chose it:
This story contrasts The Butterfly, wherein the butterfly bachelor takes too long to make a decision, one of the frogs makes a decision too quickly.

Two origami frogs, one is situated in the middle of a circular piece of paper.

The Frogs and the Well

Two brother frogs lived together in a marsh. One summer, it became so hot that the marsh dried up.

The two frogs left in search of another cool, damp place to live. They searched for days and days. Just as they were about to give up hope, they came upon a well.

The younger, foolish brother hopped up on the well to get a better look. The bottom of the well was pitch black and he couldn’t see a thing.

“This looks like a nice, cool place. Let’s jump in and settle here.”

The older brother, with a wiser head on his shoulders, replied, “Not so fast, my friend. Supposing this well dried up like the marsh, how should we get out aga-”

Before the older, wiser brother could finish his sentence, the younger, more foolish brother leaped into the well without thinking.

With a great THUD, the frog hit the bottom of the well to find there was no water, no food, and no way out.

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