Dr. Fieldmouse and the Frog

by Solveig Paulson Russell

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    A little fieldmouse doctor

    Shook his furry head

    And tweaked his whiskers anxiously

    As thoughtfully he said,

    “It’s sad that cars are limited

    To people—yes, indeed—

    And can’t be had by fieldmice

    No matter what the need.

    For here I am a doctor

    With shoes so worn and thin

    That I have trouble keeping

    My little toes within.

    Now if I had a car to drive,

    I’d feel quite safe and grand—

    But oh, alas, there are no cars

    In all of Fieldmouse Land.

    But still I must keep going

    To make my calls, you see.

    Oh, dear! I really cannot tell

    What’s to become of me.”

    He then picked up his little bag

    And pulled his high hat down

    And scurried on a little path

    That led to Fieldmouse Town.

    He hadn’t traveled very far

    Before he met a frog

    Blinking in the sunshine

    On a pussy-willow log.

    The froggy spoke politely

    And bowed his old green head,

    “How do you do, good doctor?

    I just heard what you said.

    And if you’d like my services,

    You’re welcome as can be,

    For I don’t need to walk at all;

    I merely hop,” said he.

    “And so my shoes are never thin;

    My back is strong and wide.

    Do climb aboard, dear doctor,

    And we’ll be off,” he cried.

    The doctor answered, “Mr. Frog,

    You fill me with delight!

    A doctor seated on a frog

    Will be a handsome sight.

    And since my job’s important,

    I’ll gladly ride with you,

    And we will share together

    The work there is to do.”

    The doctor pushed his little toes

    Into each worn-out shoe

    And tucked his bag beneath his arm,

    And with no more ado

    He climbed upon his hopping steed.

    The frog went jumpety-jump.

    And Doctor Fieldmouse traveled far—

    Kerplunk, kerplunk, kerplunk.

    He traveled far day in, day out,

    And even to this day

    They both go hopping on their rounds—

    At least so fieldfolk say!

    Illustrated by Phyllis Luch