Frog Prince Fairy Tale: Lessons to Ponder

Frog Prince Fairy Tale: Lessons to Ponder

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.

Want One?

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.

  1. Keep your promises.
  2. Judge not solely on outward appearances.
  3. Be slow to anger.
  4. 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?

 

 

 


22 thoughts on “Frog Prince Fairy Tale: Lessons to Ponder

  1. The lessons in the frog prince fairy tale are life lessons that are great for everyone. It is nice that there come some good lessons out of some of these fairy tales. I love the frog, and the crown is a great added touch! How long does it take to make this frog?

    1. So glad you enjoyed reading about this fairy tale and craft project. I cannot say for sure how long the project takes. I usually work on them a little at a time as opposed to one bang. With practice, it could be made within a couple hours. If you are really good, possibly an hour–but probably a good deal longer for most people.

  2. Hey Robert, This is a cute story that anyone can learn from. And they are 4 very important lessons that we all need to know about in life. Keeping promises is something that should not be broken because it comes back to you.
    And we’ve all been told to never judge a book by its cover either. It pays to count to ten before blowing off steam too. True repentance is glorious! Love your frog!
    ~Rob

  3. Hey Rob!

    Great post as usual. This is one of my favorite fairy tales by the Grimm Brothers.

    I read a version where the prince’s servant tied iron bands around his heart so that it doesn’t break from grief!….think it is called iron Heinrich.

    Great lessons that I can relate to. I am guilty of judging people sometimes to based on first impressions.

    I am wrong most of the times lol….when people true nature shows it is normally not what you thought!

    Love the 4 lessons! Like Beauty and The Beast!

    1. So glad you enjoyed the post! Yes, they are lessons we all probably fail at. Interesting version you read. It is a similar theme to Beauty and the Beat in one sense. Thanks again for sharing your reaction to a fairy tale post.

  4. This was great.

    I have to say that I find the idea of cementing the lessons of these timeless tales with craftmaking (at which I am clueless). I think this could help kids in particular really take to heart the stories we choose to share with them.

    Far better than having them simply buy the usual Mickey Mouse dolls the shops are filled with!

    1. I appreciate your thoughts very much. Yes, I like to mesh fairy tales lessons with the handmade dolls. The plush toys can be used to cement the lessons told in the story as you retell it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  5. Most of the old time fairy tales did have a lesson attached didn’t they? How often have we seen someone as ugly until we truely got to know them. The more we loved them the more beautiful to us they become. I had a dear friend, who on the outside looked like someone you had picked up out of the gutter and gave a push. I didn’t think I would like him at all when I first met him. Once I got to know him, he was the sweetest man with the biggest heart of any human being. I’m so glad I did not let my first impression of him rob me of that friendship. Thank you for the insight you have shared here with others.

  6. Robert, I really like the Frog, with his Crown. Good job there. However, the story with life lessons, magically brought the story to life. At first glance, it might appear that this is basically for children, but on a deeper level, these are good lessons to adhere to, no matter our age.

    1. I quite agree with your thoughts. I believe many of the fairy tales were not originally for children in an attempt to really bring the point across to adults, but of course, children love them too. Anyone can relate to a simple story. If it is too complex or complicated, the average person may nor relate to it, or they may get lost. But everyone can relate to a simple fairy tale–even young children. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  7. Hey Rob, what a great article. These are some great life lessons that everyone should know about. I am a man of my word, I always try my best to fulfill my promises. I don’t like to judge a book by it’s cover, if I don’t know you, I have no right to criticize. If something does wrong in your life, you have the right to be mad, but never let your anger get the best of you. The frog prince fairy tale is such a great story to learn from, and I would like to read the tale myself. I’m looking forward to reading more of your articles soon!!!

    1. Thank you for those kind words. Sounds like you really internalized the lessons from this story. That is great. Come back for more articles soon. There are many more lessons from other tales to be posted here. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

  8. Hi,
    Great post and positive message! These are great take always that everyone should really take to heart.

    Thanks for sharing,
    -James

  9. Rob,
    Great article and reminder for us all on how to treat our fellow human beings. I like how you tie in the craft with the story. Appreciate you keeping the fairy tales alive.
    ,

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