Frog Month Special: “Frog and Toad” by J. Patrick Lewis
April is National Frog Month!
Sure, everyone else is celebrating National Poetry Month, but I’ve been informed by J. Patrick Lewis that April is also National Frog Month, so who am I to argue? And to celebrate, Pat sent along his delightful poem “Frog and Toad,” which I am hoppy to present. Look how cute they are!
(By the way, I’ll be bringing Pat back later in the month for his Spotlight on NCTE Poets feature, so stay tuned!)
Pat’s poem prompted me to look into the world frog situation, and I discovered that several species are endangered. Luckily, I also discovered the amazing Save the Frogs organization that is holding its annual Save the Frogs Day on April 30. This group does lots of educational frog outreach with kids around the world, not to mention actually saving frogs and other amphibians, so click on the graphic below to check it out! Maybe your school can host a frog awareness day.
Not being an expert on amphibians, I also had to look up the differences between frogs and toads, besides those Pat mentions in his poem. All I knew is that frogs are slimy and toads are warty, but there are other differences too!
Then I just couldn’t get enough of frog pictures! Just look at this guy!
And I wonder what these guys found so funny. “Hey, Hank just fell off his lily pad. Haaaaahaaaaahaaaaaa!”
Anyway, if you’d like to celebrate all nature and animals, endangered and un-, slimy or warty, I highly recommend Pat’s anthologies The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry and The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry. These are both favorites in our house for their incredible photos and hundreds of poems by all your favorite poets (and hey, I’m in there too)!
Thank you for sharing your poem, Pat!
RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES
- 10 Frog-Tastic Activities for Kids at the National Wildlife Federation
- Get involved in the Save the Frogs movement
- Make Oreo frogs and other frog treats from theWHOOT.com
- Read some stories about this famous pair of amphibian friends, Arnold Lobel’s marvelous Frog and Toad, or check out Iza Trapani’s romantic frog in Froggy Went A-Courtin’
- Don’t be like that guy on the left. Croak like nobody’s listening! Frog songs for kids.
Now hop over to Writing the Word for Kids, where Laura Salas is catching all the Poetry Friday flies.
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