Description of the Tale:
Tale's Author: Fairy tales and legends from Africa.
Name of the Tale: The Frog And His Wives
Fairy-Tale's Genre: Animals
The People of Country: Africa people.
The Frog And His Wives
Once there lived a Frog who had two wives. His first wife lived in Ndumbi and the second wife lived in Ndala. He himself lived in a little place between Ndumbi and
Ndala. He went sometimes to Ndumbi and sometimes to Ndala to see his wives.
Once a little frog came to him and said, "Come to Ndumbi, please! Your first wife has a nice pudding for you. Come at once while the pudding is hot!"
The Frog was very happy, because he liked puddings very much. He was ready to go when another little frog came up to him and said, "Please, come to Ndala!
Your second wife has a nice pudding for you. Come at once while the pudding is hot!"
The Frog sat down and began to think:
"If I go to my first wife for the pudding, my second wife will be sorry and angry. If I go to my second wife for the pudding, my first wife will be sorry and angry, too. Where shall I go-to Ndumbi or to Ndala?"
He sat and thought for a long time.' And he stayed at home and began to cry:
"Oh! Where shall I go, where shall I go?"
Now, when you hear frogs' Gaou, gaou, gaou.s you will understand that it means:3 "Where shall
I go? Where shall I go? Go, go, go?"
How bad it is to have two wives who make puddings at the same time!