Revisit Everyone’s Favorite Fairy Tale With ‘The Frog Prince’
If you have ever heard that you ‘need to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince,’ or are familiar with the idea of a frog turning into a prince after being kissed, you are familiar with the story of ‘The Frog Prince’. This fairy tale, written by the Brothers Grimm, tells the tale of a princess who makes acquaintance with a talking frog who eventually turns into a handsome prince.
While the story has been rewritten many times over and interpreted many different ways, in the original story a young, spoiled princess drops a golden ball into a pond or a well. She is so distraught over losing her precious toy that she promises her clothes, jewels and even her crown to a frog for him to retrieve it for her. The frog demands her company instead, and the princess is at first repulsed. The frog demands she keep her promise in exchange for her golden ball, and the princess at first pretends to befriend the frog but then eventually throws him violently against a wall. After doing so, his spell is broken and he becomes a beautiful prince ready to marry her.
In later versions of the story, the frog demands a kiss from the princess and at first she is repulsed. She then overcomes this feeling and keeps her promise, and it is the kiss that breaks his spell. The original work also has the princess being very young, perhaps in her early teens, whereas older versions describe her as being a young woman and not a young girl. Some versions have even rewritten her entire reason for meeting the frog; rather than losing her golden ball she is lamenting the fact that she cannot find true love and her tears fall into the pond.
No matter the version you read, ‘The Frog Prince’ is a fun story for the entire family. The entire point of the story is that you cannot always judge someone based on their outward appearance or your first impression, as the young prince appeared as a repulsive frog to the princess at first. While the story itself is a bit grim, it has a happy ending with the prince and princess eventually finding love and marrying.
The story may be too in-depth for younger children, but older children and teens may appreciate it. They may understand the concept of a rather spoiled young lady who takes others for granted finally getting her comeuppance as she realizes her mistake, and may appreciate the forgiving prince who still loves her despite her poor treatment of him. The original fairy tale is one to appreciate and one that your whole family may love reading together this season.