Hilaire Belloc
La Celle-Saint-Cloud
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The Frog

Rating: 3.4
Be kind and tender to the Frog,
And do not call him names,
As 'Slimy skin,' or 'Polly-wog,'
Or likewise 'Ugly James,'
Or 'Gap-a-grin,' or 'Toad-gone-wrong,'
Or 'Bill 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).
B. Lee 19 December 2019
I believe Belloc wrote " Billy" , not " Bill" Bandy-knees, as " Bill" doesn't scan.
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Mahtab Bangalee 27 October 2019
An alluring poem for children, drawing them in with a tale of the fabled frog....yeah right you are mr. Terence George Craddock
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Joanna 20 June 2019
I had once a friend, a frog. He would come to my kitchen to dine in style. I wrote about him in my blog: naituretails.blog
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Tanisha 27 February 2019
Thanks dear this helps me a lot for my assessment
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Anand 22 May 2018
Very nice
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airianna 07 November 2018
I have to agree????????! ! ! !
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Prerana 08 May 2018
Very nice line of poem
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Subhas Chandra Chakra 16 March 2018
The frog is an animal, few people would love to admit. If we misbehave the animals, what should it be called, animalty or humanity? ? Thanks for the sharing.
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Walterrean Salley 26 November 2016
(The Frog by Hilaire Belloc.) **Trivia with a twist. Fun for the reading.
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Stacey Andrews 24 February 2015
We have two books w/this poem. In one the text reads Gap-a-grin (like above) and the other reads Gape-a-grin. Does anyone know which is correct?
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Birgitta Abimbola Heikka 25 November 2014
Loved the rhythm of the poem.
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