The Green Frogs by Yumi Heo
A Korean Folktale

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Two green frogs love disobeying their mother. They always do the opposite of whatever she tells them to do—they stay in bed when she wakes them, they make a mess when she asks them to clean. They’re so contrary, they even croak backwards!
 

About Yumi Heo

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Yumi Heo was born and raised in Korea but now lives near New York City. She remembers being told the story of the green frogs when she, a little girl in Korea, had disobeyed her mother.
 
Published May 25, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Regretful of their past behavior, the sons obey her wish, which is why each time the stream threatens to flood her grave, they sit by the waters and weep.

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When it rains, they beg the stream not to wash their mother's grave away, ""and ever since then, whenever, it rains, green frogs sit by streams and cry."" This is a strong lesson in obedience, but deftly rendered with a light touch.

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Two frog brothers always do the opposite of what their mother asks, until she dies and, in a final irony, they obey her wishes.

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