Once there was a small green frog -

    Frankie was his name -

But Frankie just ignored Dad’s words,

    Which really was a shame.


His father told him: 'You stay here.

    The pond is safe for you,'

But Frankie simply laughed at Dad

    And sought adventures new.


He hopped along a country lane

    In August’s summer sun.

'It’s quite safe here,” he told himself.

    “I’m having lots of fun.'


But Daddy Frog had warned his son,

    But Frankie didn’t care,

Whilst up above a magpie searched

     For food for chicks to share.


This story takes a nasty turn:

    The magpie swooped at speed

And Frankie Frog was just the thing

    Her magpie chicks would need.


Her big sharp beak grabbed Frankie Frog

    And swept him in the air

And though poor Frankie wriggled hard,

    The magpie didn’t care.


When Frankie looked down from above

      He saw his Dad below.

'Frankie’s gone,” his Dad told all -

      “But where, we just don’t know.'


Bad luck can change, as well it did,

    For little Frankie Frog.

The magpie had a dreadful fright

    When barked at by a dog.


She dropped poor Frankie in her haste

    And he fell to the ground,

And then he heard his father shout:

    'It’s Frankie!  He’s been found.'


That night, how glad was Frankie Frog

    Back in his watery home:

And now he listens well to Dad

    And never more will roam.


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