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Sauteur and Avaiteur

By: Heather B.
Michigan, Age 6

Sauteur and Avaiteur

Sauteur was a just like any other frog. He was green and quite small. One sunny afternoon, while Sauteur was sitting on a lily pad, he saw a group of dragonflies flying around above the pond. He noticed that they could go very fast. They flew right across the pond in seconds!
After watching the dragonflies fly around the pond, Sauteur really admired their flying skills. He wanted to be just like them. He wanted to be agile, quick, and fast just like the dragonflies. Just as the dragonflies were flying above SauteurĂs head, he called out to them. ˘Hey! ItĂs me down here! IĂm Sauteur! I want to talk to one of you!÷ One of the dragonflies heard him and flew down and landed on a lily next to the lily pad he was sitting on.
˘Did you call for me?÷ the dragonfly asked Sauteur.
˘Yea, I did. IĂm Sauteur and I really admire your flying. Where did you learn to fly like that? So agile and quick!÷
˘My name is Avaiteur and IĂm a dragonfly! All dragonflies are born to fly. We canĂt walk or leap like you frogs.÷
˘Can you teach me how to fly like you? Is there anywhere I can learn to fly like you?÷ Sauteur wanted to know.
˘Frogs canĂt fly. You guys are too heavy to fly like us dragonflies! If you were ever able to fly, you would just fly like a chicken! And, there is no where you can learn to fly!÷ Aviateur told Sauteur.
˘Come on, there most be a way I can fly.÷
˘Ok. IĂll tell you how, but you may not turn out to be a good flyer.÷ Avaiteur warned.
˘ItĂs ok, as long as I can fly. Tell me how!÷
˘Go to a bush of groseille verte, gooseberries, pick three, and eat them. You should be able to fly then. But, remember what I warned you about.÷
˘Thank you so much Aviateur! IĂll pay you back some how. Maybe IĂll teach you how to hop like me!÷
Sauteur hopped away to find a bush of groseille verte. It was when he got to another little pond which was a mile from the one he came from when he found what he was looking for. Sauteur was speechless. He was standing in front of what he needed to be able to fly. Just to be sure that what he was looking at was a bush of groseille verte, he asked a frog on a lily pad. ˘Is this a bush of groseille verte?÷
˘Of course it is!÷ the other frog answered him.
˘Oh! Thank you!÷
˘Are you trying to fly?÷ the other frog asked Sauteur.
˘Yes, I am. IĂve always wanted to be able to fly like a dragonfly!÷
˘IĂm not sure you want to do that. IĂve heard that some frogs have never been able to hop again after eating those!÷ the other frog told Sauteur.
˘IĂm certain! IĂve always wanted to be able to fly, and now I will be able to fulfill my wish!÷
Sauteur picked three berries which he though looked the best off the bush. Slowly, one by one, he popped them into his mouth and chewed them as if they were the best things in the world.
Suddenly, Sauteur realized that it was really hard for him to hop. He flapped his arms like they are the wings of a dragonfly and started to rise into the air. After about thirty seconds, his arms ran out of energy and he fell back to the ground. Now, Sauteur had a big problem he could barely hop and fly. Sauteur managed to get back to the other pond to find Avaiteur with lots of help from the other frog.
Finally, both frogs got back to the other pond and found Avaiteur still there with his group of friends.
˘I knew youĂd be back!÷ exclaimed Avaituer. ˘And now youĂre here to ask me how to get back to normal. Am I right?÷
˘Yes you are,÷ said Sauteur. ˘I really should have listened to all of you! Now I canĂt even hop!÷
˘We can all see that you are very sorry, but what your frog friend told you was right. You canĂt ever get back to normal. ItĂs not a story. ItĂs true. All you can do now is hope that nature will forgive you.÷
˘IĂm really sorry!÷ Sauteur cried. ˘Are you sure that there is no way back?÷
˘Yes, IĂm sure. I hope you have learnt your lesson. You should always be thankful for what you have. IĂve learnt my lesson too. I think most people have.÷
˘I have learnt my lesson. I really hope nature will forgive me,÷ cried Avaiteur again.
˘My friends and I have to go now. Well, you might as well sit on a lily pad and catch some flies for supper. At least you havenĂt lost your ability to do that!÷