The Boys and The Frogs

Boys playing by a pond began to throw rocks at Frogs, killing several. Frogs cried out they should stop as sport to the Boys was death to the Frogs.

Play for one may be death to another.

Boys playing by a pond noticed Frogs in the water and began to throw rocks at them. They killed several, whereupon one of the Frogs cried out: “Please stop. What is sport to you is death to us!”

Aesop For ChildrenAesop For Children

Boys and Frogs

Milo Winter (1919)

Some Boys were playing one day at the edge of a pond in which lived a family of Frogs. The Boys amused themselves by throwing stones into the pond so as to make them skip on top of the water.

The stones were flying thick and fast and the Boys were enjoying themselves very much; but the poor Frogs in the pond were trembling with fear.

At last one of the Frogs, the oldest and bravest, put his head out of the water, and said, “Oh, please, dear children, stop your cruel play! Though it may be fun for you, it means death to us!”


Always stop to think whether your fun may not be the cause of another’s unhappiness.

Townsend VersionTownsend version

Some boys, playing near a pond, saw a number of Frogs in the water and began to pelt them with stones. They killed several of them, when one of the Frogs, lifting his head out of the water, cried out: “Pray stop, my boys: what is sport to you, is death to us.”

Taylor RhymesJefferys Taylor

Taylor - Boys and Frogs 0059SOME boys, beside a pond or lake,
Were playing once at duck and drake;
When, doubtless to their heart’s content,
Volleys of stones were quickly sent.

But there were some (there will be such)
Who did not seem amused so much;
These were the frogs, to whom the game,
In point of sport, was not the same.

For scarce a stone arrived, ’tis said,
But gave some frog a broken head
And scores, in less than half an hour,
Perish’d beneath the dreadful shower.

At last, said one, “Young folks, I say,
Do fling your stones another way;
Though sport to you to throw them thus,
Remember, pray, ’tis death to us!”

From hence this moral may be learn’d;—
Let play be play to all concerned.