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Why is the frog important to Smiley?

Smiley was monstrous proud of his frog, and well he might be, for fellers that had traveled and been everywheres all said he laid over any frog that ever they see. Smiley trained his frog to jump so well that no other frog could outjump it. Being fond of making bets, Smiley was very pleased to have a sure winner.

Why does Jim Smiley lose the bet?

The stranger does not have a frog, so Smiley goes off to the swamp to procure another and, while he is gone, the stranger feeds Dan’l Webster some “quail shot” to make him heavier and, therefore, unable to jump high. The stranger’s ploy works: Dan’l Webster cannot jump at all and Smiley loses the bet.

Why was the frog proud?

The proud frog was furious and wanted to prove his friends wrong. He puffed himself up to become bigger and bigger to show his friends that he could be as big as the ox. He huffed and he puffed and all of a sudden, he burst and that was the end of the vain frog!

What did Smiley teach the frog and how did he teach it?

How did Smiley train the frog? He trained the frog to catch flies by tapping him from behind.

The first real frog-jumping contest was organized in 1928 to celebrate the paving of Angel Camp’s Main Street. Over the years, the contest has become the most popular attraction at the Angel Camp annual fair, which also includes music, a craft show, local talent and the Miss Calaveras Scholarship Pageant.

What does Smiley think of the stranger?

Quite simply, Smiley entices the stranger to place a forty dollar bet on an ordinary frog. Smiley is convinced that his frog named Dan’l Webster can “outjump any frog in Calaveras county.” The way that Smiley entices the stranger is by using a sort of reverse psychology.

How does the stranger win the frog jumping contest?

A local man bets a stranger that his frog will win a jumping contest. At an opportune moment, the stranger pours small bullets into the mouth of the man’s frog. The bullets make the frog so heavy that it cannot jump, and the stranger’s frog wins the contest.

What is frog race?

The “Frog Race” activity cheered up kids to develop their gross motor skills and pretending to be a frog in a croaking good time. The kids jumped down the length of their drive way and tried to develop competition amongst them by reaching the finishing point.

What is lemon and spoon race?

An egg-and-spoon race is a sporting event in which participants must balance a lemon upon a spoon and race with it to the finishing line.

How do you play frog race?


  1. The first child should crouch down and rest their hands on their knees.
  2. The second player runs up to the crouched child in front, placing their hands on their back and leaping over like a frog flying through the air, straddling their legs wide apart on each side.