Our three year old daughter is really into The Muppets’ Frog Prince album, which is getting a couple spins a day in our house. It’s actually an adapted soundtrack from a 1971 TV special produced by the Sesame Street crew, featuring (and maybe introducing) several Muppet mainstays, like Kermit’s nephew Robin and the delightful Sweetums. Nova doesn’t know there’s a video yet, so we just listen to the record a lot.
The Frog Prince is interesting in that it’s one of the first times Kermit is identified as a frog (when you think about it, he could be all kinds of things, like a lizard, a salamander, or even … “a hoppy toad!”). It’s also got a lot of frog jokes, like how disgusted they are by the idea of sleeping in a bed and wearing clothes, and how much they love the stagnant waters of their swamp.
And Nova, who already turned into a frog from time to time, and would hop about the house, would like to be a frog prince for Halloween. Laura’s been knitting a costume for her. I have been collecting frog songs to make her a CD (you know, for when we’ve already heard The Frog Prince five times).
Here’s a few I have found so far:
(“Froggy Went a Courtin’” by Tex Ritter)
(“Underwater” by the Frogmen)
(“Foolish Frog” by Dave Van Ronk)
(“Light Rain” by Taj Mahal)
(“Bein’ Green” by Kermit the Frog)
We would love to hear some suggestions for additional frog songs (they’re hard to find, even in a giant store like Hymie’s). The comments section of this blog doesn’t always work, because real comments get buried by over 150 spam comments daily, but you can always send your frog song suggestions (or an mp3 if it’s going to be a super rare record) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’d be glad to share a copy of the mix CD with any frog enthusiasts/anuraists out there who help us find more songs.