Frogs get a lot of bad press. Look up quotes about frogs, and you find things describing them as ugly or stupid or vulgar. I know many people who don’t like them at all. I am not one of them.
When I was young, we did not have frogs around our house, but we did have toads. Toads big enough they filled the hand of a small child. I loved the toads then, and I am still fond of toads and frogs. It’s appropriate that April should be National Frog Month, as right now where I live, the frogs are sending out their mating calls. Our frogs are tiny, only about an inch long, but their “Ribbit!” sounds like it is coming from a creature three times their size. The song of the frogs in the spring is very comforting, promising that warmer weather is coming.
True frogs have been around since the early Jurassic Era, somewhere around two hundred million years ago. They come in different shapes and sizes, from green to brown, to the wildly colored poison frogs in the rain forest. The ones around my house are brownish.
Sadly, frog populations have declined significantly since the 1950s. More than one third of species are considered to be threatened with extinction and over one hundred and twenty are believed to have become extinct since the 1980s. So get out and enjoy the frogs while you can!
Quotes about frogs fall into two distinct categories. Most anything written by adults for adults emphasizes frog’s ugliness. But children know better. I have left out the quotes disparaging frogs and will emphasize the good ones.
First a few adult quotes:
I’d rather be ignored as a frog than eaten as a human.–E. D. Baker (Dragon’s Breath)
You can’t make a frog richer who already have a great sun and have a pretty lake with green leaves, insects and flowers! He is already the richest of the richest!–Mehmet Murat Ildan
Sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince.–Bianca Frazie
Here are two Haiku. The Japanese seems to be fonder of frogs than us in the west.
Old dark sleepy pool…
Quick unexpected frog
Goes plop! Water splash!
Come come! Come Out!
From bogs old frogs command the dark
and look … the stars
They even write limericks about frogs.
There once was a polly named Wog
Who wanted to change to a frog,
So he dropped off his tail
Grew legs without fail
And croaked all day on a log.
Emily Dickenson mentioned frogs in a poem:
How dreary to be somebody!
How public like a frog
To tell one’s name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!
–Emily Dickenson (“I’m Nobody! Who Are You?”)
Here are a couple of children’s poems about frogs:
I’m fond of frogs, and every day
I treat them with affection.
I join them at the FROG CAFÉ –
We love the Croaking Section.
–Jack Prelutsky (“I’m Fond of Frogs”)
Said the Toad to the Kangaroo,
“I can hop and so can you,
So if we marry we’ll have a child
Who can jump a mountain or hop a mile
And we can call it a Toadaroo,”
Said the hopeful Toad to the Kangaroo.
Shel Silverstein (“The Toad and the Kangeroo”)
Let me finish by mentioning the delightful children’s series of books about Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel, and by hightlighting two songs. The links to find them on You Tube follow each.
Frog Trouble written by Sandra Boynton, sung by Mark Lanegan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9KnlFShYGQ)
It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green sung written by Joe Raposo and sung by Kermit the Frog (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpiIWMWWVco)
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