The Creek - Pauly's Adventure is the story of Pauly the last to hatch tadpole, and his untraditional friends (a dragonfly and mosquito) as he begins his metamorphosis to become a young frog. Throughout the adventure, Pauly is faced with challenges, including a strict father, who disapproves of his friends, and recurring dreams of humans bulldozing his habitat. A visit to his great uncle uncovers a way to stop the bulldozer and save his home. He rallies his friends to help, but will his plan wor
EC Shaw narrates
Chapter One: The Dream
I grew up playing in a creek in my backyard in Northern California. During the warm summer months, I would take "creek walks" with my brother and friends exploring for hours. We could escape our parents (and chores) and enter the wilderness.
I have fond memories of our hikes up the creek as we discovered the many creatures that live in this ecosystem. I became adept at hopping from rock to rock—trying to stay dry, but inevitably I would slip on a slick moss-covered stone, soaking my socks and shoes. Miraculously, I avoided the ubiquitous poison oak! I must have been immune to the three-leaved plant. Later in the summer, I would pick and eat the wild blackberries. I distinctly remember the smells—especially the sweet-smelling moss that grew on stones in the creek bed.
The story of Paul E. Wog (aka Pauly Wog) came from the thought that there must have been times when we may have ruined the creatures' peaceful habitat by playfully throwing a rock to splash a friend. I wondered, "what if I told a story through the eyes of a pollywog?" "The Creek" is loosely based on these childhood memories.