The Bedtime Frog: a cautionary tale (for parents)

Pip and Posy
All hell breaks loose when Froggy goes missing…

Gruffalo creator Axel Scheffler’s story is a must-read for any parent who dreads the loss of the favourite teddy/ sheety/friend/nu-nu etc.


Posy goes to stay with Pip. It’s all going well. They’ve played together happily without squabbling, they’ve brushed their teeth and got into bed and turned out the light. Then Posy realises she’s left Froggy, her favourite toy, at home … and all hell breaks loose.

Pip tries offering her a variety of stand-ins but none of them will do. Posy can’t sleep without Froggy and bursts into tears.  It’s only when Pip gives up his own beloved bedtime friend, Piggy, that Posy stops crying, accepts his kind offer and falls asleep.

Nice one Pip.

I certainly can’t imagine Hector being as chivalrous. How would he get to sleep if he’d handed over Peppa, his treasured rabbit (yes, rabbit), to a friend?

The story drove me straight to Ebay, where I panic bought a couple more identikit rabbits, which now live in my desk drawer in case of emergencies.

This brings our total number of this particular species of Mamma & Pappas floppy-eared  rabbit to four as there are already two in circulation (they get quite smelly).

The game now is to keep Hector believing that there’s only one Peppa…


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