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There once was a frog who lived in a bog by a village. He didn’t have any friends, but was content with his peaceful and quiet life. One day, he received a letter of warning from his father: “A drought's about to strike your village. You’d better leave soon before all the water runs out.” In spite of this imminent danger he decides to stay, pitting himself against the very forces of nature themselves.

This bittersweet story teaches children the importance of compassion as well as helps them begin to grasp concepts of life and death.


Message from Satoshin

The hero of this story is a frog who lives in a bog separated from the village who is dubbed “gross” by the villagers. I wrote this book with the hope that it would spur children and adults alike to think about what the frog was thinking, why he took action and what it means to be a part of society.


Message from Yasushi Tsukamoto

I got goose bumps the first time I read this book’s manuscript, and it took a lot of soul-searching before I could figure out how to translate the depth of this story into illustrations. I put everything I have and more into illustrating this book; it's one of my strongest works to date.

About the Author


Satoshin is a multi-award winning children's book author. He is a stay-at-home father of two in Niigata prefecture.

Yasushi Tsukamoto

Born in Tokyo, Tsukamoto fell in love with drawing at a young age and found himself practicing on whatever kind of paper he could get his hands on. Tsukamoto has provided illustrations for a wide variety of adult and children’s books alike.

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