The Green Sweater Girl loves her cats, Cookie and Snickers. She also loves frogs, her very favorite animal. The Green Sweater Girl loves all sorts of critters, especially bugs.
One day she was playing outside while Mama weeded the garden. Suddenly, Cookie walked up to the Green Sweater Girl with something in her mouth. It was a big toad!
“Mama! Mama!” the Green Sweater Girl cried. “Cookie caught a toad! We have to help it!” she shouted.
Mama ran over and made Cookie drop the toad. It seemed fine, but it hopped a little funny. One of its legs was broken.
“We have to take it to the vet like we did when Snickers had a cold!” the Green Sweater Girl cried. Mama nodded and went to get a shoebox. The Green Sweater Girl picked up the toad gently in her green sweater, and they drove to the veterinarian’s office.
“Well,” Dr. Spots said, “He should be better in no time. Keep him in a tank for a while and feed him lots of nutritious food. Soon, his leg should heal on its own, and you can release him back into the wild.”
Mama smiled at Dr. Spots and thanked him for a job well done. The Green Sweater Girl thanked him too. The toad was going to be okay! And she had a new pet for a while, at least while it recovered!
“I’m going to name you…the Green Sweater Toad!” the Green Sweater Girl cried.
“Croak,” the Green Sweater Toad replied.
Lesson: Every creature, no matter how small, deserves love and kindness.