Jacob liked his new friend. He named him Herman. But Herman could not jump. All he could do was crawl. Jacob tried to teach him by talking to him, “You can do it, Herman. Jump,” Jacob would say. But Herman didn’t jump.
Jacob asked his older brother for help. Jacob’s brother walked over to the tank and yelled, “Jump, Herman!! Jump!!” Herman quickly crawled and hid in his shady area.
“Well, that didn’t work,” said Jacob. His brother shrugged his shoulders and left the room.
The next day Jacob asked his friend Max for help. Max walked over to the tank and shook it. The branch wobbled, the leaves swayed, and water spilled everywhere. Herman held onto his perch, wide-eyed and let out a loud croak.
Elissa Learns Thankfulness
What's better than a snail that prays?
That curious snail Elissa is at it again... and she learns a valuable lesson about thankfulness and being happy about who you and what you are!
Inspired by the Christian ideal of being thankful for all that you have, Elissa Learns About Thankfulness is a beautifully written, fantastically illustrated book about our favorite characters Francine and Elissa learning a valuable lesson about being thankful for who and what we are. In this fourth edition in the Elissa the Curious Snail Series we meet some of Francine’s family and again see the familiar cast of characters in the yard. At first, Elissa isn’t happy that birds can fly and cats can run – she’s unhappy being a snail and wants those experiences for self. But being a snail is helpful because her small size and slithering nature let Elissa save the day by finding a lost ring. In the end, Elissa realizes she is thankful for who God made her and what she is.
Crafted for children ages 0-1000, this timeless story is sure to be an instant classic, at home in the hands of anyone looking for the perfect reminder of just how thankful we all should be. No faithful home should be without a copy.
“Well, that didn’t work,” said Jacob. Max shrugged his shoulders and picked up a toy.
Later, Jacob asked his sister’s friend, Emily for help. But she did not walk over to the tank. She just said, “Eww. You have a frog? Gross!”
“Well, that didn’t work,” said Jacob. Emily shrugged her shoulders and ran out of his room.
Jacob was sad. He wanted to teach Herman to jump. He wanted him to have fun and play and enjoy being a frog.
That weekend Uncle Joe visited him to see how Herman was doing. He saw Jacob sitting on his bed, “What’s wrong, Jacob? Don’t you like your frog?”
“Yes,” Jacob said. “But Herman can’t jump. All he can do is crawl. I asked my brother for help, and he just yelled. I asked my friend Max; he shook the tank. Emily got scared and ran away. I don’t know what to do.”
“Let’s try something different,” said Uncle Joe. He walked over to the tank and pulled a box of crickets out of his pocket.
Herman was sitting near his water dish at the bottom of the tree branch.
“Hello, Herman,” said Uncle Joe. “Are you hungry?”
Uncle Joe set the cricket up on the branch. Herman looked up at Uncle Joe then at the cricket. Jacob walked over to the tank and watched. To his surprise, Herman leaped in the air and landed on the branch and ate the cricket.
Jacob’s uncle sets another cricket up higher on the branch. Herman did as he did before; he leaped high in the air and landed near the cricket. He ate it and croaked. Then two more jumps later he was back in the water dish.
“Hey, that worked,” said Jacob with a smile.
“All you needed to do was give him a reason to jump,” said Uncle Joe. “Once he was ready to jump, he jumped. Yelling did not help, shaking his tank did not help, and running away did not help. Herman needed a reason to do what he was created to do.”
Now Herman jumps everywhere. He jumps onto his branch; he jumps over the rocks; he jumps into his water dish with a big splash. Jacob loves to watch his friend have fun being a frog, doing the thing he was created to do.