Frog in the Middle

DESCRIPTION: Children's game: "Frog in the middle And can't get out. Take a stick And punch him out." (Or "Frog in the meadow, Can't get him out; Take a little stick And stir him about.")
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: c. 1921 (BrownSchinhanV); 1925 (Scarborough)
KEYWORDS: playparty animal
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Scarborough-NegroFS, p. 130, (no title) (1 short text)
BrownSchinhanV, p. 535, "Frog in the Middle" (1 short text, 1 tune)
McIntosh, pp. 81-82, "Froggie's in the Meadow" (1 short text, 1 tune)

Roud #14047
Frog in the Meadow
NOTES [85 words]: I suspect that there is a good deal more to this game than Scarborough describes. But until we find another version, we're left guessing, e.g., as to how one becomes the "frog" (whom she describes as a child in the middle of a circle, and poked out into the ring). The BrownSchinhanV version is no help; it's just a few words and a tune, with no description. McIntosh is only a little better; he had a short description, and an informant claimed the game had a moral: "You will be punished if you steal." - RBW
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File: ScaNF130

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