“Ribbit” Says the Frog

Northern Green Frog

The Frog BY HILAIRE BELLOC

Be kind and tender to the Frog, And do not call him names, As ‘Slimy skin,’ or ‘Polly-wog,’ Or likewise ‘Ugly James,’ Or ‘Gape-a-grin,’ or ‘Toad-gone-wrong,’ Or ‘Billy Bandy-knees’: The Frog is justly sensitive To epithets like these. No animal will more repay A treatment kind and fair; At least so lonely people say Who keep a frog (and, by the way, They are extremely rare).

15 thoughts on ““Ribbit” Says the Frog

  1. Like Maggie, I always thought I should kiss one for kicks!
    Frogs are very sensitive to the environment. They are called an ‘indicator species’ as seeing them (or not) in a wetland area can tell you the areas health.
    I was lucky enough to see a bunch of green treefrogs last weekend! Eeeeee! They were so cute! 🐸🐸

    • Oh man..I’m so jealous of your green tree frogs. Have yet to find one in Maryland. These frogs are happy, happy, happy. They live in the water fountains at Ladew Topiary Gardens. I know they appreciate the water as we’re having a hot drought right now.

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