Once upon a time there lived a puddle. Everyone around loved her and called her affectionately Little Puddle. She was very neat and always looked after herself. She refused water to no one – neither a thirsty stray dog nor sparrows in need of a bath – any time! The puddle asked all the birds to bring her pebbles and paved her bottom with them so that the water was clean and clear. She saved frogs from the heat, but did not allow them to settle down – they were much too loud and sloppy. In the puddle, there lived a large old Water-Beetle, whom she had sheltered in a drought – he cleaned the bottom and kept order.