The Frog

Be kind and tender to the Frog,
And do not call him names,
As 'Slimy skin,' or 'Polly-wog,'
Or likewise 'Ugly James,'

by Hilaire Belloc Click to read full poem

Comments about The Frog

B. Lee 19 Dec 2019 10:26
I believe Belloc wrote " Billy" , not " Bill" Bandy-knees, as " Bill" doesn't scan.
Mahtab Bangalee 27 Oct 2019 02:19
An alluring poem for children, drawing them in with a tale of the fabled frog....yeah right you are mr. Terence George Craddock
Joanna 20 Jun 2019 03:39
I had once a friend, a frog. He would come to my kitchen to dine in style. I wrote about him in my blog:
Tanisha 27 Feb 2019 08:57
Thanks dear this helps me a lot for my assessment
Anand 22 May 2018 12:23
Very nice
Prerana 08 May 2018 07:33
Very nice line of poem
Subhas Chandra Chakra 16 Mar 2018 01:24
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.
Walterrean Salley 26 Nov 2016 03:52
(The Frog by Hilaire Belloc.) **Trivia with a twist. Fun for the reading.
Stacey Andrews 24 Feb 2015 08:31
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?
Birgitta Abimbola Heikka 25 Nov 2014 08:24
Loved the rhythm of the poem.
Kanniappan Kanniappan 28 Feb 2014 11:00
One big frog used to climb the front stairs and stays under the stair case. When I tap with a stick, it decently withdraws backward under the small gap of the gate!
Francie Lynch 28 Feb 2014 06:29
Somebody didn't like Belloc's take on a frog, and he turned it into an anti-racist poem. Big tongue, little cheek. It's no coincidence that the French are called Frogs.
Paul Reed 28 Feb 2014 02:43
How perceptive to pick such an unlikely subject and be so sympathetic and humorous whilst keeping an admirable rhythm to the piece.
Hakim Akhsan 28 Feb 2013 04:53
it's good words, amazing.
Manonton Dalan 29 Feb 2012 04:30
yes, who keeps frogs? only frog farms.
Carlos Echeverria 28 Feb 2012 02:52
Brilliantly, Belloc uses condescending verse (ostensibly, a children's poem) to teach adults a life lesson.
Terence George Craddock 28 Feb 2010 07:09
An alluring poem for children, drawing them in with a tale of the fabled frog. The immediate catch line ‘Be kind and tender to the Frog, ’ and instructing children not to call the frog names, then teaching six names to call the frog, is delightfully exciting for children. Yet as the French are often referred to by the English as the frog, and the French are passionate and take offense at the nickname, a more serious meaning is implied. The truth is, as mothers’ teach their children not to call others names, the poem is an adult reminder, not to call others insulting names; implied in an elevated entertaining, child’s rhyme is witty and wonderfully done.
Joseph Poewhit 28 Feb 2010 02:07
An eccentric type pet, reflecting the nature of the owner. Though kids around the pond, find them sport to catch.
Ramesh T A 28 Feb 2010 01:43
What a consolation Hilaire Belloc has for the frog called by many names!
Indira Renganathan 28 Feb 2010 01:41
Straight with so much care on the frog...but The dictionary gives one more meaning to the word frog as 'a decorative loop of braid or cord '...somebody else might find some different meaning too as I guess...nice to read