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Frog’s task

Long ago, when trees could talk and fish could fly, Frog was the biggest of all the animals.

He liked to bully everyone, and the animals were growing tired of him.

One day, when Frog had gone swimming, the other animals held a meeting to decide how to deal with him.

“We need to keep him so busy that he forgets to order us around,” said Lion.

“Good idea,” said Rhino, “but how should we do that?”

“I know,” said Antelope. “Why don’t we ask Rainbow, she always has such good ideas...