The Frog by Hillaire Belloc

A priceless ode to Billy Bandyknees – especially for my dear friend Seanpaul whos frogs appear in the image and were my inspiration for this blog

Selected verses from
The Bad Child’s Book of Beasts

    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).

by Hillaire Belloc