Once upon a time
there lived a young princess bear cub named Princess Bearetta. One
day, Princess Bearetta was walking in the garden, as all princesses
do, when a voice spoke, "Princess, will you be my
heard this and turned around to see whom it was who was speaking,
but there was no one there. Princess Bearetta then began looking
for the person who wanted to be her friend. She looked in the
trees. She looked in the bushes. She looked down the path, but she
didn't see anyone.
The voice said
again, "Princess, will you be my friend?" She searched again, and
after a long search she finally said crossly, "Where are you?"
Princess Bearetta liked jokes a lot, but this was becoming very
tiresome. Once again the voice said, "Princess, will you be my
friend?" The Princess smiled and said, "Why, of course. Now show
"I'm right here,
Princess," said the voice. The only thing in sight was a green,
warty frog. "I want to be your friend," it said. Princess Bearetta
shrieked, "EEK!!" She gathered up her skirts and ran as fast as she
could. It wasn't that she didn't like talking to other animals, but
a frog? SLIMY!!
forgot about the frog until dinnertime. The Princess and her
father, the King, and mother, the Queen, and her brothers and
sisters were sitting around the grand table when a voice spoke,
"Princess, why did you run away? I thought we were
She tried to pretend
that she hadn't heard the frog. Everyone else looked around. All
that the Princess wanted to do was squish the frog flat. The frog
called again and the King said, "Who is talking?" The frog leaped
up on the table next to the King.
The frog began to
tell the King what had happened in the garden that day. "Is it
true, Princess Bearetta?" asked the King. Princess Bearetta nodded
her head sheepishly. She didn't dare lie to her father. "Then you
will be his friend," the King said. "I didn't know he was a frog.
He tricked me," Said Princess Bearetta. "I see no trick in this,"
said the King. "You will be friends."
The Princess brought
the frog into her room and shoved him into her dresser drawer. The
frog started hopping so much that everything on her dresser fell
off. "I guess that is not such a good place for a frog." she said.
Days went by and Princess Bearetta never talked to the frog, but
she did give the frog a name. She named him Harvey. More weeks went
by and Princess Bearetta began to take a liking to
began taking Harvey on walks and introducing him to her friends.
Harvey ended up being really witty, funny, charming and bright, and
told funny Froggy stories. One day Harvey asked, "Princess, will
you kiss me?"
was shocked. She didn't want to kiss him. Besides, she might get
warts on her lips. Double yuck!! "Please, Princess," asked Harvey
again. She refused. Days went by and every evening the frog would
ask Princess Bearetta if she would kiss him. She would refuse and
he would sigh deeply and lie down on his lily pad in his basin of
water to sleep.
She always felt bad
because he would sigh so sadly, and after all, he had become her
best friend. Finally one evening Harvey asked Princess Bearetta to
sit down so that they could talk. When the Princess sat down,
Harvey began to talk. He said, "Princess, if you kiss me a big
surprise will happen."
thought, "I like surprises, but I don't want to get warts." "Don't
worry about the warts," Harvey said, "Please kiss me!" Princess
Bearetta shrugged her shoulders and said, "Okay." She gave him a
big kiss, "SMACK!" The frog smiled and the Princess went up in a
puff of smoke. There beside Harvey sat Princess Bearetta, the warty