Let us ponder the lessons from this classic Frog Prince fairy tale. There really are life lessons to ponder at this pond. The King’s daughter decides to play with her gold ball near a pond and the ball falls in. She is quite saddened by this occurrence and even sheds tears. A conversation ensues between the girl and the frog, but this girl is quite spoiled and self-absorbed. The reaction of the girl and frog sets off a series of events that bring to light some real life lessons. Reflecting upon this tale may reveal something a bit deeper than you might think. Let’s take a closer look at this classic tale and find out.
Lesson 1: Always Keep Your Promise!
Because of the frog’s retrieval of the girl’s golden ball, she makes a promise to this frog that she would welcome him into her family’s castle, and there he could make his abode; but she really had no intention of fulfilling her promise. She quickly promised him all this only because she wanted the golden ball retrieved.
As the story continues, the frog (who is really a prince) makes his way into the castle because of the King’s firmly demanding that his daughter keep her promise. At first, this selfish and unloving child didn’t want to admit the frog into the castle. She didn’t even want to lay eyes on him–he disgusted her so! But the King heard she had made a promise and demanded she keep her word.
This is a good lesson for children and adults alike to always keep one’s promise. Reminds me also of Robert Browning’s “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.” The children were taken away because of the refusal to fulfill a promise. The end of that ballad poem asserts: “If we’ve promised them aught, let us keep our promise!”
Lesson 2: Judge Not Solely on Outward Appearances!
But the story doesn’really end there. The Frog Prince would really like to be restored to his former self, but the princess has an evil heart and despises the frog. The frog is ugly. People tend to look upon the outward appearances, but that is not truly who we really are. Who we are is within us. He was a frog on the outside but a prince within. People often make judgments without having all the facts. Have you ever had an evil thought about someone because of the way something appeared? Perhaps later you realised the judgment was inaccurate. Oh what shame fills our hearts upon this realisation! That frog you know may in reality be a prince.
Lesson 3: Be Slow to Anger!
Eventually the princess in anger launches the frog into a wall where the impact kills him. It is then that the princess sheds tears of remorse. At that moment she realises her own selfishness and wicked heart. She knew then that she had actually grown fond of the frog.
Have you ever reacted in anger? Afterwards you may have felt shame within your heart. So sad that it often takes a death or tragic event for us to come to ourselves.
Lesson 4: Repent of Wickedness! The Result Is Magical.
But what was it that resurrected the frog from death unto life and transformed him back into a prince? It was the act of true repentance. At that moment of true repentance, love was born in her heart; and that is when the magic occurred. She wept bitterly. Suddenly, he was no longer an ugly frog but a prince. In our lives, when our attitude changes toward others, they are suddenly no longer ugly, but rather, beautiful creations.
The Crafty Corner
From time to time I will post a fairy tale article that is basically my commentary about the classic tale (as I have done in the paragraphs above), but I would also like to blend these fairy tales with doll making by providing for you dolls and stuffed animals to go along with the story.
Take a look at this stuff/plush toy I have created. It is inspired by the fairy tale The Frog Prince (or The Frog King). I took a pattern I have been using for years (a pattern I got from my mother when I was just a boy) and tweaked it a bit. I added a crown to put on the frogs head. The original pattern obviously would not have this accessory, but I think it helps people to see and recognize this ever-familiar fairy tale character.
My Frog Pattern Story
You can read the full story about how I acquired this frog pattern and the story behind it by clicking here: My Story. It is one of the things that set me on my way to doll making.
I have basically taken extra thick felt to make the crown and sewed it on top of his head. By extra thick, I mean very thick–4 mm thick to be precise. I plan to post an article soon about how to make this Frog Prince doll. So keep watching for that article. It will detail for you everything you need to know to make your very own frog or Frog Prince stuffed toy.
If you are interested in my handmade Frog Prince doll, I have a complete done right now in my Etsy shop. It is made from very thick felt and polyfill fiber stuffing. Click here to read more about it and/or purchase: Frog Prince Doll
Let Me Hear from You!
The Frog Prince fairy tale truly contains invaluable lessons for us to ponder.
- Keep your promises.
- Judge not solely on outward appearances.
- Be slow to anger.
- Repent of faults (or wickedness).
I do hope you have learned something, thought about something differently, or were touched by this post in some way. I would love to hear about it. Perhaps there are additional thoughts or other lessons you thought of. Please leave your thoughts in the comments section. I take your thoughts, opinions, and suggestions very seriously. What lessons have you learned from these Frog Prince ponderings?