Poolside Visitor

There he was, on the stairs,
so very tiny.
He wasn’t afraid.

I reached out my fingers,
And he climbed right on.
His black eyes have a gold circle.
His chin line is bright yellow.
He’s really beautiful.
I told him so, and he smiled.

He dove in and showed me some of his fancy moves.
I need to name this little guy.
This was his third visit.
Better yet, I’ll let the children name him.

”Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.
It will never fail you.”

~Frank Lloyd Wright~


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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80 Responses to Poolside Visitor

  1. What a lovely frog. Thanks for sharing.

  2. CarolCooks2 says:

    Awwww…one of my favourite garden inhabitants they all come out in the rain so many of them hopping about…I love this post 🙂 x

  3. How wonderful to have such an auspicious visitor. He’s adorable.

  4. So sweet. We get a lot of frog visitors in our pool too. Unfortunately it’s a constant race to rescue them before the dog does. They usually don’t fair so well when she scoops them out 🙁

  5. You should have kissed him, Jennie. He is probably an enchanted prince and now he’ll be stuck as a frog until someone else comes along who understands his predicament.

  6. How serendipitous! Your froggy post and my tadpole post – pubbed within an hour of each other!
    It looks like you’re having a splendid summertime, Jennie!

    • Jennie says:

      I’m always behind in my blog reading, so I look forward to your tadpole post! The summer is flying by. Hope all is well with you, Laura.

  7. I always loved frogs as a child, Jennie, and spiders too. I really enjoyed this post and look forward to seeing what name the children come up with.

  8. vrolikenote says:

    How I enjoyed this little moment with you! It took me back to my childhood when I used to watch my brother spending delicate hours with the frogs that visited our pool.

  9. Ritu says:

    Love this, and that he wasn’t scared!

  10. beetleypete says:

    Although we have no pool or pond, we do get our share of frogs of all sizes. Julie is very scared of them, for some reason. I usually pick them up and put them out of harm’s way.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  11. Norah says:

    I’d love a frog to visit us. We haven’t seen any around here for a few years. It’s sad.
    I’m pleased you’ve got a friendly one and look forward to learning his name.

  12. quiall says:

    It is pretty special when nature reaches out to us in friendship.

  13. Awww! We have a lot of little bitty frog hopping all over the neighborhood right now, and late last night when I got home from a night shoot there was a medium-sized toad right in front of my garage door showing me where I should pull in no doubt! He hopped away as soon as I hit the garage door opener and was nowhere to be seen after I parked. 😀

    I am looking forward to learning what the children name it.

  14. Darlene says:

    What a lovely little visitor. I hope he comes back and that you find the perfect name for him.

  15. Dan Antion says:

    He’s a handsome little guy. I love your idea to let the children name him.

  16. I’m originally scared of frogs but this one was just so adorable

  17. Wow! I cant remember when i had seen the last frog. Congratulations, Jennie! xx Michael

  18. Awesome photos and nice lines 🌹👌🏼🌹

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    You write awesome

  20. Lovely frog. Swimming and living😁

  21. That is amazing but not for all time

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