Thursday, June 27, 2013

Frog's First Interview

Today's quick write-courtesy of Jo Knowles-from Teachers Write

taken by Amy Rudd

Hello there friends.  I am Fred the frog...I am green and slimy with 4 legs.  A funny thing about my legs, they've stretched and grown.  Soon after I hatched from my egg, I had a tail and no legs and I swam through the water like a fish.  Then my back legs grew out.  Before I knew it, I had front legs too and could hop onto the land nearby instead of only living in Carol Pond.  On top of all this growing excitement, I also lost my tail!  Who knew?

So now, my favorite place to hang out is in the small hole in the garden. I dug it out to keep cool during the hot summer days.  I slowly creep out on hot summer evenings to hunt for my dinner of bugs.  I don't like sharing my corner of the garden with anyone else, I love to keep all the bugs for me...

Here's some news about my family!  When I was first born, I had lots of brothers and sisters.  We all hung out as  small black eggs together in the water connected to the roots of the lily pads.  After we hatched, I got to spend lots of time swimming with the family in the water of the pond.  Sadly, some of my siblings (my brothers and sisters) were eaten by fish, like Koi or birds, like Blue Heron or Hawks.  I don't see my family much now that we've left the pond.  We all went our separate ways.

I'm going to tell you about my favorite part of me-my tongue!  I love how I can stretch it out and use it to catch my prey, like beetles, flies and ants.  I want to fill my belly with good things to eat.  The least favorite thing about me is my skin.  People stare at my skin and comment about its ugliness when they see me.  That makes me feel sad sometimes.

My biggest pet peeve is the myth that people always blurt when they see me and try to pick me up-I'm going to pee on their hand and give them warts.  This is completely untrue.  I think that mommies made this up so their kids wouldn't pick up frogs.  However, I do have warts on my skin that can pass along bad bacteria to people-so you might not want to touch me after all.

The thing that I am most afraid of are birds.  I don't like birds for two reasons.  One reason is they can be big enough to swoop down out of the sky and eat me.  The other reason I don't like them is because the smaller birds swoop into my garden and eat the bugs I was spying on for dinner.

So now that you know a little bit about me, how about telling a little bit about you?


  1. Amy,
    When I saw the prompt for yesterday, I just decided not to try it. I'm not much of a character writing and really didn't have an idea. Then I stopped by your blog and enjoyed your frog interview. I felt like I was sitting with frog and learned much about Fred as I read. I have pinned your piece because I know my first graders would love to hear it. I think it would make a nice mentor text for point of view, nonfiction writing, and research. (I hope you don't mind if I use it in the classroom).

    Loved these phrases:
    slowly creep out on hot summer evenings
    We all hung out as small black eggs together
    fill my belly with good things to eat
    smaller birds swoop into my garden and eat the bugs I was spying on for dinner

    Thanks for the inspiration. I came back from the zoo yesterday and was planning to write my poem for Poetry Friday when I stopped by your blog. I loved the way you went at this assignment so I tried it a bit with the moose I had planned to write about. It didn't go as well for me, but was a nice way to get ready to write.

    Loved it, Amy,

  2. Thanks Cathy,
    Feel free to use it as a mentor text with your students-that was the audience I had in mind when I wrote it. I was really happy with how it turned out, I thought about making it into an ibook...So, when I get that done, I will share it with you!
    We're going to the c-bus zoo in mid-July-heard great things about it.


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