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Despite urban sprawl, so called progress, and the destructive, conquering instincts of man and their terrible machines, there are still forests in this world where animals live in harmony with nature. Where creatures of all kinds play and sleep and dream under a blanket of stars and peaceful serenity.
The Great Woods of Despair was not one of those forests. These woods were a terrible place ruled with an iron paw by a cruel beaver named “Gary.”
People rarely think of beavers as being a species given to evil. They are adorable, they have those cute buckteeth and those wide, flat tails that look kind of like squash rackets or pancakes, and for the most part they are indeed a kind, useful member of the biosphere. But, as with any animal, from time to time you get a bad egg. And Gary was the worst egg in the Great Woods of Despair.
He had built a huge, incredibly sturdy damn at the head of the river, which provided water to every living thing inside the woods. Every plant and every animal in the world needs water to live, so once he controlled the water supply, Gary the beaver controlled the entire forest.
He would dole out only enough water for each animal to barely survive, and even then only if every creature gave him nearly all of the food they collected each day. He was cruel, but no one dared stand up to him. Animals had tried before and he cut off all the water to everyone else as punishment until the citizens were desperately begging for him to restore it, and the offending creatures had been cast out of the woods entirely.
But on the other end of the forest was once individual who was about to change everything. He just didn’t know it yet.
He was a very small frog and his name was “Lucky.”
That was a nickname given to him ironically. Like when you call the heavyset person “slim” or the tall person “tiny.” He received the name because nothing ever seemed to go his way. If something bad could happen, then it would happen, and it would happen to Lucky.
Just going for a walk (or a hop, rather) he would fall in every single hole in the woods, and then, while he was stuck in the holes, it would normally rain, or a bird that had just had a big lunch would fly overhead, if you get my drift.
His luck was so rotten so much of the time that he had taken to doing as close to nothing as possible. He would sit still on his lily pad, in a dry pond, and let one day fade into another.
Then one day he had the very worst luck of his little froggy life: his mom went to pay her food taxes to Gary and didn’t come back.
Lucky waited and waited for her to return, but she never came.
He found out the next day from his friend, a spider named Big John (because he was the smallest spider in the woods) that Gary the evil beaver had kidnapped Lucky’s mother! He had heard legends about how wonderful her pies were, and he wanted her to be his personal pie chef, so he kidnapped her.
When he heard this, the young frog was, for the first time in months, moved to action! He instantly stood up and said, “Well, I think Gary is about to have a worse day than even I normally do!”
Lucky then took a single hop and promptly tripped on a slippery leaf and fell over. He really did have terrible luck.
But this time he wasn’t going to let that stop him! He headed off toward Gary’s tree house, determined to change his fortune!
Lucky – who was the unluckiest frog in the entire world – was hopping through the Great Woods of Despair on a mission to save his mother. She had been kidnapped the day before by an evil beaver named Gary, and Lucky was determined to get her back!
Lucky’s best friend, his only friend, really, a very tiny spider named “Big John” was trying to talk the frog out of storming into the beaver’s evil tree house without even the beginning of a plan, but Lucky wouldn’t hear it. He was charging full steam ahead!
Big John couldn’t allow his friend to make such a big mistake, though. So he sprinted ahead of Lucky and quickly built a huge, nearly invisible web!
Lucky didn’t see the trap and hopped right into it! Before he knew what had happened he was hopelessly stuck to Big Johns tacky web.
“Let me go!” Lucky shouted. “I have to save my mom!”
“I know you do!” Big John shouted back. “But we need a plan of attack. If you go in there and just demand he hand your mom over, Gary is going to smack you halfway across the forest with that tail of his, cut off the water supply to the entire woods, and everyone will blame you for their suffering! And you still won’t have your mom back!”
Lucky thought on this for a moment. “You’re right,” he said. “Fair points and well made. So what’s the plan?”
“My plan was just to make a plan!” Big John said. “That’s as far as I’ve gotten!”
“We need the animals of the woods on our side,” Lucky said. “Everyone hates Gary, but they’re too afraid to do anything. But if we all rise up as one, he won’t stand a chance!”
“See!” Big John said. “That’s a great start. How do we do that?”
“We give them water!” Lucky said excited but still stuck to the web. “For free, like water should be!”
“Yes!” Big John agreed. “How do we do that?”
“Simple. We steal it.”
So Lucky the frog and Big John the tiny spider waited for nightfall. They covered themselves from head to toe (or head to flipper as the case may be) in the darkest mud they could find and slowly snuck into the evil beaver’s camp.
Gary had built a massive dam on the river to control the water supply, and the dam’s floodgates were opened and closed by a lever inside Gary’s tree, where he was fast asleep. Lucky could never hop in there without being noticed, but the smallest spider in the woods could creep in with nobody the wiser!
Silently Big John lowered himself down into the room where he landed on the lever. He wrapped the control arm in his tiny but very mighty webbing and scuttled back out the way he had come in!
Big John found Lucky waiting below the tree just where he had left him and handed the frog his line of webbing.
“I’ve got the lever all wrapped up,” the little spider said. “But I’m not strong enough to pull it.”
Lucky nodded, took the line in his mouth, pulled it tight and then leapt forward with all his might!
The webbing pulled the lever up just like it was supposed to, the floodgates opened and the river rushed proudly through the dam!
The sound of the flowing water woke the entire camp, though! Including Gary!
Garry tried to pull the floodgates closed again, but the webbing was too strong. So he went in search of the water thieves!
The evil beaver and his army of bad guys stalked through the Great Woods of Despair ready to issue swift justice to whomever had the audacity to let the river flow!
“We have to get out of here! Climb on!” Lucky whispered urgently to his friend. Big John nodded and crawled upon the frog’s slick back, webbing himself in like a seatbelt.
Lucky shot out his tongue and caught the largest leaf he could find. He then threw the leaf into the surging waters of the river and jumped aboard!
The river, so happy to be free, tore through the woods, with a frog and a spider surfing the waves all the way!
When they were sufficiently far away, Lucky hopped off the leaf and back onto the embankment. There he found hundreds and hundreds of forest creatures joyfully drinking the clean, crisp water until they were content!
There were no parades and no parties, but everyone knew that it was Lucky and Big John they had to thank for this gift.
It was a great start, but the unlucky frog had a lot of work left to do if he was going to save his mom.
Lucky the frog had never been a very popular animal in the Great Woods of Despair, the forest in which he had lived his entire life.
He was not a mean frog, or even a particularly unhappy creature, he was just so darn unlucky that the other animals usually kept their distance for fear his misfortune might be contagious.
But after he provided the entire woods with free water for a night he was instantly transformed into the most beloved creature in the thirsty forest.
It was a great gift he had given his fellow animals, but a temporary one. With the help of his best friend, a very tiny spider named Big John, Lucky had opened the flood gates to the dam that held the river back, keeping all of the creatures of the Great Woods of Despair under the control of an evil beaver named Gary.
Lucky and Big John held the dam’s floodgates open as long as they could with a rope made from John’s mighty webs, but given enough time Gary was able to chew through even Big John’s strong webs with his sharp, mean-spirited teeth.
The dam was closed once again, security around the control lever had been tripled so there was no way Lucky could sneak in again, and the unfortunate frog’s mother was still kidnapped since Gary had taken her hostage and forced her to be his personal pie chef.
And now Gary had his evil minions, an army of mean-spirited squirrels, bears, deer, and rabbits stalking through the woods in search of the animals responsible for releasing his water!
Lucky and Big John had camouflaged themselves when they infiltrated the enemy base, but with the whole forest celebrating them it hadn’t taken Gary long to figure out who the culprits were.
The unlucky frog and his tiny spider companion knew the jig was up when they were cornered by two of the evil beaver’s generals, an elderly but still very fierce grizzly named Bernard and a rabbit named Harold who had filed his front teeth down to be sharp as razors!
As the nasty animals crept closer and closer to Lucky and Big John they had murder in their eyes! “Well buddy,” Big John said. “We tried to make the world a better place.”
“No good deed goes unpunished,” Lucky answered.
As the ancient bear reached back his terrible paw to strike them down Lucky and Big John closed their eyes and waited for the end! And then they heard a noise that sounded liked “Ooof!” Then another that sounded like “Eeeeep!”
The two friends opened their eyes to find both of their attackers strung up in a tree, dangling from vines that had wrapped around their feet and yanked them high into the air.
“Um…what?” Big John asked, amazed to still be alive.
A long, green snake slithered out of the bushes and straight up to our heroes.
Out of the frying pan and into the belly of a snake, Lucky thought. He was sure he was about to be eaten.
“I’m Herb,” the snake said. “I’m good with traps. And I want to help you take down that evil beaver!”
“Oh thank heavens!” Big John said. “I was sure you were going to eat us!”
“Nope,” Herb answered. “Well. Maybe later. But first let’s save the world!”
What began with two small animals was now an army of three young woodland creatures against the world. And while the odds were still not in their favor, it would have to do!
Lucky the very unlucky frog, Big John the extremely small spider, and Herb the basically pretty normal snake were trying to hatch a plan.
They had all been under the control of an evil beaver named Gary, and now they were ready for a revolution. Lucky, in particular, had strong motivation for taking down the bucktoothed dictator: Gary had kidnapped Lucky’s mother and was forcing her to be his personal pie chef because, well, she was super good at making pies. And even evil beings like pie.
So the three amigos were now brainstorming ideas to stop the villain once and for all.
“You know what we haven’t tried?” Lucky said to his friends. “We haven’t just asked nicely! Maybe if we just politely request that he give me back my mother and stop depriving all the woodland creatures of water he’ll do it!”
“That’s insane,” Herb said. “He’s the worst! He’s not going to just stop ruling the entire forest just because we ask.”
“Maybe. Maybe not. We don’t know until we try it.”
The frog’s idea was not met warmly, obviously, so the trio kept on thinking until their thinkers were pooped. And just when they were about to give up, they finally came up with a great plan.
So, with hearts filled to bursting with hope and courage, the three friends headed off toward Gary’s tree house.
This time they didn’t sneak around, they didn’t wait for nightfall and creep into the camp. They marched in with their heads held high.
“Gary the evil beaver!” Lucky bellowed with a voice more strong and forceful than he knew he could possess. “Come out and face me!”
Gary stuck his head out of his tree and smiled a sinister smile at the sight of the young amphibian. “Lucky the frog,” he sneered. “I’ve had my men scouring the forest for you. Very kind of you to deliver yourself to me, it saves me quite a bit of bother.
“I’ve got a question for you,” Lucky said.
“What’s that?” Gary answered.
“Will you please release my mother and tear down this dam, so all of the creatures of the forest can live happily again?”
Gary laughed. “Let me think about that. Um, no.” He laughed some more. “Did you really think I’d give up my empire just because you asked nicely?”
“Not really,” Lucky said. “But you’d be surprised at how many animals will help you out if you just ask politely. For example, some black bears will roll huge logs into water for you if you ask. Some enormous elks will stand on those logs. And some salmon will push those logs along just as fast as they possibly can if you just ask nicely.”
“What in the world are you talking about?” Gary asked.
“Look behind you,” Lucky answered.
Gary turned around just in time to see four gigantic elks riding fallen trees down the river, being pushed along at incredible speed by hundreds of salmon! It was an animal powered wrecking ball! As the elks came upon the dam, they bowed their heads allowing their mighty antlers to take the impact and in a split second the entire great dam, and Gary’s cruel empire, exploded!
Water ran through the riverbed freely for the first time in years! All of the animals of the forest could once again drink and swim and bathe as much as they liked. There would be no more taxes and no more punishment. They could be free once more!
“Nooooooo!” Gary screamed as his hold over the forest disappeared.
But no one heard his shouts, because for miles and miles around the woods were filled with cheers and celebrations!
They chanted Lucky’s name as they drank and played, but Lucky still did not feel very lucky at all. Because he had saved all of the animals except for his mother.
She was still missing, and so was Gary.
He had snuck off during the confusion and taken Lucky’s mom with him!
This adventure was still not over. But Lucky knew, one way or another, he was going to finish it that day!
Lucky the frog had saved the Great Woods of Despair. He had toppled the evil beaver dictator named Gary, blown up the dam that had cursed the woodland for so many years, and restored the water supply to every creature in the forest. But he still hadn’t saved his mother.
Gary had kidnapped her days ago and forced her to be his personal pie chef, and when his dam burst and his empire crumbled, he had snuck away and once again stolen Lucky’s mom.
Lucky knew he had to go after the beaver and finish this. He was much smaller, much kinder, and much unluckier than the beaver, but Lucky had something Gary never did: he had friends.
The unfortunate frog had been aided in his revolution by his best friend, a tiny spider named Big John, and a snake named Herb. And they were at his side now as he hunted his enemy!
As the river exploded through the dam it had overrun its shores, muddying the forest and making it a snap to follow the nefarious beaver. He was leaving paw prints everywhere he went and it was only a matter of time before the good guys caught up to their foe!
When they did catch him, though, Lucky realized they hadn’t really made a plan for what to do once they had him. He was big and mean and scary, which none of the three friends were at all.
“Fine!” Gary said when he felt them at his heels. He tossed Lucky’s mother aside, still tied up and unable to escape, and turned back. “You caught me. Good for you. Now I’m going to kill you all for your crimes!”
“Um…I’d rather you didn’t,” Lucky said.
“Oh, okay then.” Gary said. “In that case I won’t murder you.”
“Really?” Lucky asked.
“No, not really. Prepare to die!
“Quick,” Big John said. “Bite him Herb!”
“What?” Herb asked. “Why?”
“So he doesn’t murder us like he just said he would! Have you not been paying attention?” Big John said.
“It’s just, well, I’m not poisonous,” Herb admitted.
“Really?” Big John asked, crestfallen.
“I’m a garter snake. We don’t hurt anyone. We mostly just hang out and stuff.”
“This is a bummer man,” Big John said.
Gary laughed and moved in for the kill!
But just as he was about to gnaw the three friends to death with his knife-like front teeth he stopped. His eyes got saucer-wide and he started to shake.
“Why did he stop?” Lucky asked. “Is one of us scary?”
Herb looked behind them and said, “No. But they are!”
Big John and Lucky spun around to find, standing behind them, was almost every single animal in the forest! Bears, elks, deer, rabbits, squirrels, cougars, and every other woodland creature imaginable were staring bullets at the beaver. Thousands of animals stretching for miles were lined up behind Lucky and his friends.
An owl flew down to the young frog and said, “You didn’t think we’d let you die, did you? After you saved us all?”
Lucky started to cry he was so happy. “I don’t know,” he said. “I’m not used to having many friends I guess I’ve never really been that lucky.”
“Well get used to it,” Big John said. “Because you made your own luck. And now you have a thousand friends!”
Lucky untied his mother and hugged her so tightly she couldn’t breathe for a moment. She thanked him over and over, but Lucky just said, “I think all my life I was saving up all of my good fortune for this day.”
The other animals took Gary into custody. They gave him a trial and he was swiftly convicted of about a million counts of evil doing and one count of being a big jerk.
He was given a life sentence of making pies for everyone in the woods.
And to celebrate their new freedom the animals also renamed their home. No longer was it called the Great Forest of Despair. From that day on it was known as “The Forest of Great Luck.”
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Q: Why was the frog sad?
A: He was unhoppy!
Q: What is a toad’s favorite candy?
Q: What do toads like to drink?
Q: What do you get if mix a frog with some mist?
A: Kermit the Fog!
Q: What do you say if you meet a toad?
A: Warts new buddy?
Q: What did one frog say to the other?
A: Time sure is fun when you are having flies!
Q: What do you get if cross a science fiction film with a toad?
A: Star Warts!
Q: What do you call a rich frog?
A: A gold-blooded toad.
Q: How come the frog cannot weigh itself?
A: It has no scales!
Q: When is a car like a frog?
A: When it is being toad (towed)!
Q: What kind of shoes do frogs like?
A: Open toad sandals!
Q: What do you say to a hitch hiking frog?
A: Hop in!
Q: Why are frogs so happy?
A: They eat whatever bugs them!
Arnie Lightning is a dreamer. He believes that everyone should dream big and not be afraid to take chances to make their dreams come true. Arnie enjoys writing, reading, doodling, and traveling. In his free time, he likes to play video games and run. Arnie lives in Mississippi where he graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS.
Lucky is a very unlucky frog. To make his life even more unlucky, his mom is kidnapped by the evil beaver named Gary. Gary controls all the water of the forest with his dam. Can Lucky save his mom and the forest in time? This is an excellent storybook for early readers, reading aloud at home, and as a bedtime story. -5 fun short stories for kids -Funny jokes for lots of laughs -Short story chapter book with pictures -Perfect for a bedtime story for kids -Excellent for early and beginner readers -Big and cute illustrations for early and younger readers This book is great for quick bedtime story or to be read aloud with friends and family! Fun for the entire family! Kids and children can practice their reading skills or have a parent read it aloud. This special story includes lessons and morals about about caring and love. Story & Activity List: -Your Gift -The Most Unlucky Frog of All -The Wet Bandits! -The Power of Three -Wrecking Ball -Happy Hunting -Funny Jokes -About the Author -Funny Jokes for Kids Best-Selling Children's Book Author, Arnie Lightning Arnie Lightning is a best-selling children's book author with a straightforward goal. He wants his work to create a positive impact in the lives of others through children's books. Learning morals, lessons, and good character can start at a young age. Arnie's books reflect this. By providing a comfortable and entertaining environment, learning can be a fun activity! Scroll up and click 'buy' to spend some quality time with your child!