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Twenty Froggies

By George Cooper

Twenty froggies went to school
Down beside a rushy pool.
Twenty little coats of green,
Twenty vests all white and clean.

“We must be in time,” said they,
“First we study, then we play;
That is how we keep the rule,
When we froggies go to school.”

Master Bullfrog, brave and stern,
Calles his classes in their turn,
Taught them how to nobly strive,
Also how to leap and dive;

Taught them how to dodge a blow,
From the sticks that bad boys throw.
Twenty froggies grew up fast,
Bullfrogs they became at last;

Polished in a high degree,
As each froggie ought to be,
Now they sit on other logs,
Teaching other little frogs.

Source: A Child’s Book of Poems

Little froggies love to jump! And froggies of all ages will love to jump to this joyful verse by George Cooper.

Twenty Froggies was originally written in the 19th century and is an example of iambic meter. The poem’s theme is as old as time: the old teach the young, and the young learn and grow up to teach the next generation.