The Garden

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Frog and Toad were good neighbors. One day while Frog was in his garden, Toad came walking by.
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?What a fine garden you have, Frog,? he said.
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?Yes,? said Frog. ?It is very nice, but it was hard work.?
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?I wish I had a garden,? said Toad.
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?Here are some flower seeds. Plant them in the ground, and soon you will have a garden,? said Frog.
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?How soon?? asked Toad.
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?Quite soon,? said Frog.
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Toad ran home to plant the flower seeds. ?Now, seeds start growing,? said Toad. He walked up and down a few times, but the seeds did not start to grow. Toad put his head close to the ground and said loudly, ?Now, seeds start growing!?
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Toad looked at the ground again. The seeds did not start to grow. Toad put his head very close to the ground and shouted, ?Now, seeds, start growing!?
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Frog came running up the path.
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?What is all this noise?? He asked.
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?My seeds will not grow,? said Toad.
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?You are shouting too much,? said Frog. ?Those poor seeds are afraid to grow.?
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?My seeds are afraid to grow?? asked Toad.
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?Of course,? said Frog. ?Leave them alone for a few days. Let the sun shine on them, and let the rain fall on them. Soon your seeds will start to grow.?
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That night Toad looked out of his window. ?Drat!? said Toad. ?My seeds have not started to grow. They must be afraid of the dark.?
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Toad went out to his garden with some candles. ?I will read the seeds a story,? said Toad. ?Then they will not be afraid.?
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Toad read a long story to his seeds.
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All the next day Toad sang songs to his seeds.
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All the next day Toad played music for his seeds.
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Toad looked at the ground. The seeds still did not start to grow.
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?What shall I do?? cried Toad. ?These must be the most frightened seeds in the whole world!? Toad left very tired, and soon he fell asleep.
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?Toad, Toad, wake up,? said Frog. ?Look at your garden!?
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Toad looked at his garden. He saw little green plants coming up out of the ground.
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?At last,? shouted Toad, ?my seeds have stopped being afraid to grow!?
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?And now you have a nice garden too,? said Frog.
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?Yes,? said Toad, ?but you were right, Frog. It was very hard work.?

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