The Six Legged Frog
Once upon a time there was a frog named Hubert. Hubert was
born with six legs. He wasn’t accepted by other frogs and was made
fun of all the time.
“Mommy, why can’t frogs learn to accept me?”, Hubert asked in a
whiney, sad manner.
“They don’t understand why you have six legs and it’s not your
fault.” said Mom. “Now it’s time to get to school.”
On Hubert’s way to school he stopped to admire the beautiful
flowering wild rice. With it’s bright purple pedals no animal around
could miss it. When Hubert got to school Gordon and Kilian were
waiting outside the classroom door. They wouldn’t let him pass.
Hubert thought to himself how ugly they were. Gordon was super
skinny with red eyes and lumps all over his body. Kilian was fat with
big purple spots.
“Oh come on, let me in! I wouldn’t have six legs if frogs like
you would stop polluting.” said Hubert.
“You’re a freak Hubert!” yelled Kilian as he ran in the classroom.
He wanted to tell his teacher Ms. Hall, but he knew she
wouldn’t understand. As the year went on Hubert became more and
Then one day a new student came, her name was Dobb. She also
had six legs and people made fun of her too. At lunch he opened his
lunch box and was surprised to see a Smyth Island cake packed
because the fish population is down and it was rare for people to
make the cakes now. Dobb sat down beside Huber, but of course
Hubert wasn’t used to people being around him so he just sat there
Dobb asked, “How did you get six legs?”
Gordon interrupted, “He’s a freak! That’s why.”
Ms. Hall walked pass as he said that. “Come with me now,
“I have six legs because of the pollution in the Chesapeake
Bay.” said Dobb.
Hubert replied, “Me too.”
The next day in school Hubert and Dobb made posters to let all
other creatures know how pollution damages animals. To get the
word around they had sea gulls fly around carrying the posters.
After creatures all around the Chesapeake Bay as well as humans
read the signs, they started to care more about the environment.
Several years later Dobb and Hubert had three little tad polls.
None of them ended up with six legs. The posters that were made
and the help from the sea gulls really made a difference. Dobb,
Hubert, and their tad polls all moved to Smyth Island to live in the
marshy land there. They loved eating the famous Smyth Island
cakes that had fried fish in them. It was okay to eat a lot of the
cakes because the fish populations increased do to less pollution.
Nobody ever threw trash in the bay again.