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Young Jarod walks around his finished model repeating the rhyme.

The rhyme known as Cree Craw toad's foot to most fans of The Pretender is the nursery rhyme Jarod was repeating as a boy when he was first under observation by The Centre after he had built a model of the Empire State Building in record time. Jarod has also repeated the rhyme in other episodes, notably, Crazy.


There are only two lines of the rhyme known or ever repeated in The Pretender. It is unclear whether there are more lines or verses.

Geese walk barefoot

Cree craw toad's foot


According to a note on, the origin of the rhyme is from an old German lullaby. The rhyme is also mentioned in a blog post about an 8-pointed star. Each word represents a stroke made to draw the star.